Designed by Ron Benoit
30th Anniversary Boxes are available through silent auction at By Western Hands, or BUY IT NOW online. If you would like to bid or need more information please call the gallery 307-586-1755
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Each box was handcrafted by Scott Armstrong, and the unique panels were designed and brilliantly executed by our individual artisans. The creativity of each box is representative of 30 years of Western Functional Art. Join us in our mission by purchasing one of these commemorative keepsakes! Your generosity will allow By Western Hands to continue with our preservation of western heritage and design through the celebration of past and present artisans.
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”