Brian began his career in the trades as a young boy working alongside his father learning basic construction techniques. By the time he was 13, he was working in a steel fabrication shop for a bridge construction company. Being the kid in the shop, the old grizzled welders took pride in teaching him how to weld, set up his work area to be safe and productive, build jigs for production, and how to properly lay out a workpiece from shop drawings.
In his mid 20’s he took a job as a project manager for a design remodel company designing and remodeling spaces for commercial and residential clients. The company had an in-house cabinet shop so they could design and build from the ground up anything they needed for a project. When Brian wasn’t actively on a job site, you could find him in the cabinet shop, working alongside a shop master creating custom cabinets and built-ins.
All these years of designing and building things honed his skills to give him the confidence he needed to start his own business. In 2010 Brian started his design-build firm Benham Design Concepts, specializing in designing and building art and custom furniture. His drive to learn new things has helped his portfolio grow and attract clients who are looking for the unusual. Brian has been making plans for the Wood Whisperer and the Wood Whisperer Guild for several years now and often provides consultation on TWW and Guild designs.