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Howdy y’all I Frank Manteau I’m Owner and Craftsman of Kamikaze Wood Werks and the Crayon Eater behind this creation called “The CRE™” Crayons Ready-to-Eat™. 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 where I not only earned the title as United States Marine and being called a Crayon Eater. I left my last job in outside sales behind to solely focus on my family and this new path in life as a wood worker.
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.
But in the Fall of 2017 I was working on a project for the El Capitan High School Color Guard using crayons to color a project. As I put a color in my mouth to grab other one the question of is there a edible crayon. Found my answer. Nope. So I reach out to an old co-worker from my O Reilly Auto Part days that went to school for baking and making pastries. Why because I’m a wood Worker not a Chocolatier. So you guessed it she’s the brains behind bringing the CRE’s™ to life so the world can have the 1st ever Edible/Writable Crayons.
Hello all! I am Cassandra Gordan, one of the creators of the Crayons Ready-to-Eat™, also well known as the CRE’s™. I am a 24 year old who lives and works here in Lakeside, California. Even though I was born out here in California, I have also been a resident to Phoenix, AZ. When I was little, I started my education in Arizona and then about 13 years ago, I moved back here to Lakeside, CA, finishing my education at El Capitan High School, class of 2013. After graduating high school, I went to Grossmont College, starting my dream career to become a pastry chef. During that time, I had taken basic pastry, bread making, sugar sculpting, and (you guessed it) chocolate classes.
Even though I never did become a pastry chef, I had learned so much and had a wonderful time getting to know more about what I love. Since then, I have worked in a few retail jobs here and there, liking them but not getting anywhere. One of those retail jobs is where I had met Frank, who was my store manager at the time. He saw my potential in making chocolate and told me that one day, I will have my own business doing what I love. Sure enough, here we are with our own business! Not only is it something I love to do, but it reminds me of something I love: my family. I come from a family that served and is serving in the military. I am proud of every single one of them and knowing that these will bring them joy, makes me ecstatic and powers me on to follow my dream career. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I am very excited to share this journey not only with my partner Frank, but with all of you who are following us!