“Calls” Wall Hanging made with Bubinga and wenge
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Ben Benoit describes his style as somewhere between Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle, with a more contemporary direction. As always, its all about bringing the wood to its full potential.
Ron is originally from upstate New York, attended Utah State University, and after graduation worked as a maintenance mechanic for a local manufacturer. By 1982, Ron was making pieces for himself and his friends, in addition to a few clients. He continued to hone his techniques in finishing and joinery, and turned to the artistic aspects of furniture makers. Ron now lives and works outside of Preston, Idaho with his wife, son, and daughter. Surrounded by a forest of his own trees, Ron carries on a family tradition, his grandfathers were both cabinetmakers. Ron is inspired by the grandeur of the Mountain West, its wildlife, and beautifully figured wood. His style is a mix of influences including Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle, and he embraces a more contemporary aesthetic. As he says, he creates tomorrow’s heirlooms today.
2007 Summerfest Art Fair, Logan, UT, “Best of Show”
2007 Celebration of the Arts, Teton Village WY, “First Place- Fine Craft”
2007 Western Design Conference, Jackson, WY, “Honorable Mention-Woodworking”
2014 St. George Art Festival, ST George, UT, “Council Choice Award”
2015 The Chair Affair, Boise, ID “Best Professional Design”
2016 Western Design Conference, Jackson, Wy. “Best Artist-Woodworking”
2017 St George Art Festival, ST George UT. “First Place-Wood”
2018 St George Art Festival, St George UT “First place wood”