Biography

Ben believes great design is functional, beautiful, sustainable and also individual. Inspired by nature and driven by perfectionism, Ben’s biggest goal for his furniture is making people comfortable. His appreciation and understanding of the innate qualities of timber is almost palpable and his handcrafted furniture showcases both the timber and his adept skill at handling it. By analysing the grain, cut and tone of each board, each and every component is not only beautiful but serves a purpose—nothing is hidden. His furniture is a fluent expression of this process and it reflects his succinct design aesthetic that Ben defines as “clean lines and good bones.”

Ben has found a fine balance between making furniture and teaching the craft to others. “It’s not a career that you can disengage with when you leave the workshop at night,” he reflects. “You are constantly creating, seeking inspiration and learning. It’s your passion, your life.” Ben currently teaches furniture classes at Heartwood Creative Woodworking as well as teaching emerging furniture makers at Freshwater Senior Campus.

Ben is very proud to offer a range of existing designs and will gladly accept made-to-order bespoke pieces. All of his pieces are individually signed and dated for future reference. Please contact Ben if you would like to discuss a piece to suit your specific requirements or to find out more about his existing range.


Exhibitions

2012 Tree Change, Cert IV Graduate Exhibiton, Sturt School for Wood

2013 Exhibition Octagon ArtSpace 27 July – 26 August, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Australian Design: American Hardwood exhibition, Sydney Indesign Expo.

2014 Feasting Table produced for Habitus Design Magazine Volume 23. Collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Britton Timbers.

Solo exhibition Brenner Studio 20 April – 25 May, Newcastle.

Solo exhibition Dubbleyou Gallery August 10 – September 10, Newcastle.

2016 Seed to Seat Project at Den Fair for the American Hardwood Export Council

Qualifications

2012 Certificate IV Furniture Design and Technology - Fine Furniture Making - Sturt School for Wood

2012 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

2011 Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Design and Technology - University of Newcastle

Awards

2013 Australian Timber Design Awards: Finalist Timber & Joinery, Finalist Rising Star Award

2012 Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society Young Artist Scholarship

Professional Memberships

Studio Woodworkers Australia 

Member of Handkrafted

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