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March 2019 Newsletter – Benham Design Concepts

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Featured Creation
Walnut Wall Hanging Cabinet 

Wall Hanging Cabinet with drawers - etagere

This Walnut floating shelf features 3 drawers with a ceruse finish. When the client asked if I could do a ceruse finish, I was skeptical that it would look good. The basic process is to rub white, or in this case, off-white paint, into the grain of the wood, making it stand out. I am still a fan of the natural walnut look, but I have to say the cruising really did pop the grain and make the features stand out. It is a stunning look.

If you want to find out more or see additional pictures of this project, you can do so on my website under Custom Foyer Wall Cabinet.
I’m still accepting commissions for mid-2019 if you would like to commision a piece of custom furniture or art.  Just head over to my website for details.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Black Forest Arts and Crafts Show

May 2nd – 5th

9am – 8pm Thursday – Saturday
10am – 2pm Sunday

Black Forest Community Center
12530 Black Forest Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

This show is hosted by the Black Forest Art and Crafts Guild. A portion of the proceeds goes to a college scholarship fund, which is awarded annually to a local graduating high school senior.I will not have any furniture in this show, but it will feature my scrap wood projects.  I gather all the scrap wood left over from my furniture projects and build cribbage boards, cutting boards, boxes, and whatever else I can think of.  It has been a great way to clean up the shop, raise some money to fund other art projects and help send a young mind to college.

Featured Artist Night at the Hunter Wolff Art Gallery

Friday September 6th 2019
Time TBD it will be in the afternoon/evening

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

I will be the featured artist for the evening, demonstrating the art of inlay.
Throughout the evening, I will be there to answer questions, show off my art, and demonstrate my process of hand-inlaying butterflies or bow ties into a table or benchtop using a mallet, chisel, and hand plane.
Stop by, buy art, sign up for a commision, or say hi.
Last Month On My YouTube Channel

The Foyer Wall Cabinet is built from Walnut and a ceruse finish.



I’ve had many questions about my veneer bag system, so I made a little video out of it.  If you want to build this jig, I do have plans on my blog.



I had the honor of designing and building the reception desk for the Hunter Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City. Stop by and take a look at it, and all the other wonderful art in this Gallery. It is by far the nicest gallery in Southern Colorado.


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.