Katherine is the creator of Barkiture, originally started out making speculative and commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. She holds a B.A. in Applied Design with an Emphasis in Furniture from San Diego State University and a M.F.A. in Furniture/Wood from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She furthered her studies in England focusing on upholstery techniques. She has taught woodworking, furniture design, art and upholstery in college and workshops, as well as woodworking to children. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally and she also has furniture in several publications. She currently has a piece of studio furniture on display at LAX.
RICHARD FORD Owner/Founder
Richard, heavy lifter and overall awesome “shop boy,” holds a B.F.A. in Furniture Design from Swain College of Art (now the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), a M.F.A. in Furniture Design from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount. Upon graduating from SDSU, Richard became the Head of the furniture program at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Additionally he exhibited at the Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery in New York. His works have been in numerous publications and he has a piece in the permanent collection in the Renwick Gallery, at the Smithsonian Institute.
Our first dog came to us from the ASPCA in Baltimore. He is probably the most demanding, neediest, thinks you’re his best friend if you look at him, knucklehead. Coal is a combination of equal parts energy and love.
Fast-forward a year later and on the west coast, we decided Coal needed a friend to keep him company. Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco had so many to choose from, Coal ended up preferring a brother to the sister that we originally went to see. In honor of the rescue group, we named the second one Rocket. Rocket is the youngest, most well behaved and frequently acts like the old man on the porch shaking his fist at the other two. He’s the one everyone wants to take home.