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It’s Been Awhile – June 2021 Newsletter

It’s been so long since I published one of these that you probably forgot you subscribed to my newsletter.  Once Covid hit and we all were asked to stay at home, I just hunkered down and started making stuff.  I guess it was my way of dealing with the horrors of what was in the news.  On the bright side, a lot of things happened in my shop over the last year, so let me catch you up.


A Visit From The Woodwhisperer = New Woodworking Course

Japanese End Table

During quarantine, Marc and I had pretty much stayed in our shops with little contact with the outside world, so after we were sure neither of us had COVID, we decided, with appropriate precautions and CDC guidelines, to get together and film a new course for the Woodwhisperer guild, on how to build this Japanese Style end table.

This project is designed to be an approachable project for beginner woodworkers, with some sex appeal in the design for the more advanced woodworkers.  While it is an approachable project, I touch on a lot of important aspects of woodworking and furniture design techniques.

  • How to use inspiration to design furniture
  • Here are a few tips on using Sketchup in your furniture design process
  • Curved half-lap joinery (hand tool method)
  • Mortise and tenon joinery (table saw and router method)
  • Cutting angles and curves
  • An alternative design method for designing with curves
  • HVLP Spray Finishing

So, if you are interested in this course, it is on pre-order at a discounted rate until July 8th
More information at The Wood Whisperer Guild.


New Work In The Gallery

Copper Clocks handmade by Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts

Over the last year, I have spent some time exploring different patinations of copper to add to my clock collection.  These six clocks are now available at The Hunter Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City. Each clock is an experiment using different techniques to create the patinations.  They vary from using a flame to heat the copper to different tempers to draw out the different colors, to washing them with different slats and acids, to putting them in a fume chamber so the fumes from the ammonia react to the copper.
Each time I make these, I learn more about how to control the colors and patterns as well as how to create new colors and patterns.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Featured Artist Night For Art Walk
November 5th, 2021 • 5 pm-8 pm

I will be the featured artist for the first Friday art walk, showing a new piece or two and hanging out at the gallery that evening.  So come by and say high if you are in the area.

Hunter Wolff Gallery
2510 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80904


Latest On The YouTube Channel


The latest creation on my YouTube channel is Building this SteamPunk Guitar Amp.  It was a fun build that I had wanted to do for the last 23 years.  If you are interested in more of this store, you can check out my blog article on How To Build A Steam Punk Guitar Amp.

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I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.

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