Mike Whitehead

VIDEO—Mike Whitehead of Finex Cast Iron Cookware Co.

I used to live right next to the warehouse in NW Portland where Finex Cast Iron skillets are made. Unless I was taking "edgy" photos against abandoned railroad tracks, or picking up my towed car from the storage lot, it's not often that I would venture into the industrial area. Meeting Mike Whitehead proved my ignorance of the true creatives that inhabit all of those unmarked concrete structures. As a local Kickstarter success and founder of Finex, Mike has garnered a reputation as an entrepreneur and hero of contemporary cast iron cookware. Given his commercial success, I was curious to find out Mike's personal journey as a creative and what inspired him to take on such a bold industrial endeavor.