A team of makers dedicated to craft, design, and local manufacturing
Our makers are continually learning from one another as they re-envision vernacular furniture and redefine the Fogo Island aesthetic for modern sensibilities. They work collaboratively, tackling different stages of the furniture making process, while our senior builders create the bones of a piece, our finishers complete the job, meticulously sanding, staining, or painting each item by hand.
All our makers come to the craft by their own path. Whether they learned boatbuilding as a child in their grandfather’s shed; trained with us from scratch to launch a second career; or joined our team from across the country as a design student, we value their contribution and foster a spirit of inclusivity.
Our team is led by Katrina Tompkins, designer for Fogo Island Workshops. She is a graduate of the Ontario School of Craft and Design, Sheridan Collage and OCAD University and apprenticed with master makers including Mike Paterson (Newfoundland) and Michael Fortune (Ontario) and at craft institutions Anderson Ranch (Colorado) and Haystack Mountain School of Craft (Maine). An advocate for craft, Katrina is a seasoned designer, maker and educator.