Owner and Craftsman of Kamikaze Wood Werks. I am a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I was a member of corporate America but wasn’t happy, I started woodworking at a young age. I have over 20 years of knowledge. Although I have spent most of my life working with my hands. I grew up in Ohio learning how to build things whether it was in Scouting, helping on a local farm, in wood shop back in high school or things needed for my home. So being discipline and attention to detail isn’t new. I have always had a level of passion and creativity in the craft. I moved from Ohio to California in February 2013.
A proud graduate of Union Local High School in Morristown, Ohio, with a PHD that didn’t exceed 12 years. I went into the Marine Corps upon graduating. I served this country traveling across the world during my 7 1/2 year career. Once I was able to gain the tools to start wood working in April 2017, at the age of 40, I discovered my true passion for artisan woodworking, I left my last job in outside sales behind to solely focus on my family and this new path in life.
As a single father with full custody of my two kids, Laura and Eric. I live and breathe for my kids and this passion. My twenty plus years of wood working and carpentry skills, along with knowledge of many types of joinery that I’m currently using in order to use the least amount of hardware as possible is keeping this craftsmanship style alive in each and every Kamikaze Wood Werks piece.
Why kill something when we can bring life to that which is dead?
I will never ask to cut down a live tree to make a table, stand, frame, and/or cutting board. I use what others might consider ‘waste’ as the raw materials for my furniture, turning dead, fallen, and disaster trees into beautiful works of art.
Much of our wood is sourced locally from businesses here in California for our fine wood working projects. For larger projects I use regional woods, native to the state of California. I also have partnerships with an organization right here in California that supplies me with some gorgeous, exotic woods.
– Frank Manteau, Owner & Craftsman