Originally from England, Kate has been woodworking for over fifteen years and is co-founder of Franklin St. Fine Woodwork. She has designed and built one of a kind studio furniture for private homes and businesses throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking and numerous other magazines. She studied at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft in Portland, OR. Her personal work is primarily focused on high function sculptural designs that incorporate multiple media surface and textural embellishment such as pyrography and inlay work.
Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael C. Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. Since his career began 33 years ago, Fortune has become acclaimed for his innovative, but resolved, designs for one-of-a-kind objects in wood, commissioned residential furnishings and items in limited editions. His work has brought him an international clientele and reputation. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, giving lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide.
Carl, a master craftsman with decades of experience, has built cabinets, buffets, and stand-alone furniture. His current areas of interest are the engineering challenges of chair building as well as the use of detail and proportion in creating multi drawer pieces. He particularly enjoys using salvaged woods such as antique heart pine and other more traditional woods such as mahogany, cherry and maple. Carl has studied with many renown woodworkers such as Michael Fortune and Mary Mays and has a wealth of advanced technical experience in bent lamination, veneer, and carving.
An artist since the 1970’s, Virgil Mandanici started doing inlays on his own brand of guitars (Virgil Guitars)in 2010. His first guitar, the “Dueling Dragons” was featured in the September 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine because of the exquisite inlays he had done on the guitar. Virgil has literally done hundreds of inlays in this short time and continues to make amazing inlays for guitars, jewelry boxes and other items. He has been teaching inlay and guitar building to fellow guitar builders through the years as well. Virgil has also been teaching guitar in Tampa for the past 20+ years.
Kirk is both a wood turner and a custom furniture maker based in Tampa FL. Over the course of his career, he has worked on a wide range of pieces such as a 17th century antique, a Sanctuary monument, Asian woodcarvings, harps, and glass blowing molds. In the process, his skill set has grown to include glass casting, and metal work.
In 2007, he founded Nature’s Expression where he designs and builds custom commissions using locally harvested lumber and hand cut joinery with a particular focus on Japanese joinery.