About Ben

I live on the central coast of California with my wife, Shannon, and our three boys, Jake, Jonas, and Finnley. In 1996 I started working with furniture builder, John Brigham, who has developed a unique line of furniture made from reclaimed materials. There was much to be learned from John and his sons, Nate and Ben. I worked in the Brigham’s shop for 12 years.

In 2008 I opened my own studio, but I still spend much of my time working in cooperation with the Brighams. In addition to custom commissions, I have started to develop a line of furniture (see PORTFOLIO). As you scroll through the blog you’ll find a mix of my own designs and “Brighams” designs (pieces that I have built for John). For convenience, I have tagged all of the “Brighams” photos and grouped them into a category on the side bar.

50%-100% of the materials I use are reclaimed (depends upon the project). I like to use what I can find locally. Each piece of furniture is unique because I build with what I have on hand, and that is always changing–and sometimes challenging!

J. S. Bach appended the initials “SDG” to each of the manuscripts of his cantatas. “SDG” stands for Soli Deo Gloria which, in Latin, means “glory to God alone”. I agree with Bach that all good things come from God.  He is the ultimate creator, and when little bits of His creativity flow through us, what can one say but, “Soli Deo Gloria”.

I am happy to entertain any questions that you might have. Feel free to shoot me an email.

Thanks  -Ben


2 thoughts on “About Ben

  1. Ben, Why haven’t I done this before now?? :o) Anyway, I wanted to Thank you So very much for our pantry. I know it was a simple design.. But it sure is beautiful where it sits and I have stocked it so full already. I LOVE it! We are blessed to have met you and by the way.. Your family is incredible! Thanks Ben!

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