NEWPORT- A Newport man with a special talent wants to share his skills and creativity with everyone.
“Basically, if you can see it in your minds eye, you can make it,” said Ben Bernard, Jr., owner of Ben’s Wood Products.
Ben spends 13 hours a day working in his garage, but his work has nothing to do with cars.
“I like to design wood products and I love wood working because it’s inexhaustible what you can do with it,” said Bernard.
Ben has made everything from bird feeders and rocking chairs to clocks and beach chairs. He’s even created a child’s bed that looks like a tractor. Although he has only pursed woodworking as a full time career for a few years now, it’s something he’s enjoyed since he was a kid.
“Growing up, we were living up in Chesterville with nothing to do. For the first eight years we were on the farm we had no electricity, had running water when we would grab two pails and run with it. So it was boring. So since then I started carving and using hand saws and started using things using popsicle sticks and i just kept going from there,” said Bernard.
Ben coordinates with his customers through Facebook, and is willing to try and create anything they have in mind.
“The biggest thrill I get is when a customer comes in to get their order and they’re just ecstatic, ya know, they’re happy. That makes my day,” said Bernard.
Of all of the things Ben makes, one of the things he spends a lot of time making are pens. In fact, it only takes him about 15 minutes to turn “this” into “this.”
“For these slim line pens, we get this set up and we drill the hole…so now we take these brass bushing to rough it up with sand paper…now trim it up until we hit the brass, that’s all it takes…put your bushings on there…okay, we’ll start out with a roughing gouge.”
After shaving the wood down with different gouges, Ben sands down the wood with sandpaper covered in beeswax and orange oil to give it a shiny finish. He then takes the finished wood and assembles the pieces of the pen.
“And there you go. You have a slim line twist pen,” said Bernard.
Ben’s workshop is open from 10 in the morning until 11 at night, and he encourages you to reach out to talk to him about creating a vision of your own. You can contact him by clicking HERE.