Ben has been developing his fine woodworking skills since 1997 when he studied industrial technology at Berea College. During this time his passion for craft also focused on clay, metal and many hours on the lathe apprenticing with Rude Osolnik.
In 2000, he attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) in Port Townsend and developed a career building and fixing wooden boats. While working in the shipyard was educational and full of camaraderie, Ben decided he wanted to become a teacher. He was hired as an instructor at the NWSWB and spent the next 10 years teaching wooden boatbuilding.
He has since transitioned into a substitute role at the NWSWB in order to open up time to teach workshops at other places such as the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle and Arbutus Folk School in Olympia. Ben is passionate about teaching woodworking in order to preserve tradition and inspire people to keep learning.
Location: Port Townsend, WA