Charlie Kamrath graduated from Western New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970.
He lived in Wurzburg, Germany in the 70s where he worked for the U.S. Army Arts and Crafts Program teaching soldiers, dependents, and civilian employees various arts and crafts. He has taught many crafts to include lost-wax casting, pottery, leather crafts, and glass etching, as well as wood crafts. Throughout his career, however, his favorite activity was always wood crafting.
When he returned to the U.S., he discovered the magic of the Monterey area and took a job as Wood Craft Shop Director at Ft. Ord in Monterey. He taught wood crafts until the base closure in 1994. The next nine years he pursued a second career as an Engineering Technician at the Naval Post graduate School in Monterey.
In 2003, Charlie retired from Civil service and was again able to pursue his passion for wood crafting. He remodeled his home and created his own worksop for woodworking. He had worked with manzanita burl roots in the past and rekindled his passion for this wonderfully-colored native wood.