"I was meant to be doing this," Katie Gong says of her custom design business

By Erin Hill
February 01, 2017 02:54 PM

Episode 7 of AMERICAN DOERS, a new 12-part video series featuring original thinkers, innovators, craftspeople, risk-takers and artisans across the United States.

Katie Gong‘s passion for woodwork has led to a fulfilling career with her own company, Katie Gong Designs, which features furniture pieces and installations.

“My grandfather was a carpenter, he made all kinds of furniture for his house,” she says. “And my father was also a carpenter, so growing up I was cheap labor.”

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“We laid tile in our kitchen, we changed the countertops, we put up walls, teared down walls — anything you can think of,” she continues. “I wanted to learn everything, I want to take it apart and put it back together. I want to see how it works, and i’ve always been that way, ever since I was a kid.

“I was meant to be doing this. I couldn’t picture my life any other way.”