Gatski Metal

American Made Since 2003

Ben Gatski

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
We make sculpture and furniture in a small shop in rural Pennsylvania. Our work is made with reclaimed farm machinery and barn wood.

Tell us about your business.

We are Ben (35) and Kate Gatski (37). We live on a hilltop in rural Pennsylvania. We make sculpture and furniture using reclaimed materials [old farm machinery & barn wood]. Ben is the welder, farmer, artist and dad. Kate is the designer, cook, entrepreneur and mom. We have three children. We established Gatski Metal in 2003. Prior to Gatski Metal, Ben operated an organic dairy business and Kate organized educational events for farmers- for a sustainable agriculture non-profit. All things creative run deep in both Ben and Kate’s family. Kate’s mother has been a full-time rag rug weaver for 30 years and Ben’s mother is a quilter, once a full-time basket maker. We gather our raw material from farms, farm machinery dealers and junkyards. We bring them back to our shop and create unique objects using basic tools. We sell our work online and to art and craft galleries across the country.

What makes your business stand out?

We thrive in making. We built a successful business in a rural place, using discarded materials, with a self-taught eye for design. We combine freedom, craft and entrepreneurship to create a very rich life.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.