ben newman

Ben came to woodworking while living in the Idaho wilderness where he built fences, yurts, benches, and other small pieces of furniture. He then returned to his hometown, Chicago, to apprentice with a custom cabinet maker. Ben went on to hone his skills in historical restoration of wood and stone while working on the Vanderbilt and Robert Frost estates in Vermont. Back in Chicago, he developed a niche business creating mounts for ancient artifacts from Egypt, Asia, and the Middle East. Working with rosewoods, brass, steel, and hardwoods exotic and domestic, Ben designs mounts to complement the period, form, and coloration of each artifact. In addition to mounts, Ben designs and builds furniture. He now resides in White Salmon, Washington, where he focuses mainly on commissioned pieces.  He draws inspiration from industrial design and modern styles from Italy and Scandinavia.