Wendell Castle was born in Kansas in 1932 and attended college and graduate school there, studying industrial design. In 1962, not long after he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree, he was hired to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts. In 1971 he moved to Brockport State College and later opened his own school. He has won both local and national awards for his furniture and sculpture. His sinuous, sensuous work in wood and fiberglass invites touch, whether to test the texture of a trompe l’oeil tablecloth on a carved wooden table or to take a seat on a graceful bench.