Twenty years of craftsmanship, integrity & passion

benjamin hills

"I care passionately about what I do and how I do it."

After contemplating a career in Forestry and Woodland Management, whilst studying Environmental Science, I realised that in order to create a sustainable future for British woodlands, their value needed to be increased, both financially and in the public consciousness. I decided that the best way for me to achieve this was by making ecologically responsible products from them. I then dedicated the next five years to studying, researching and workshop training to become a Designer Craftsman.

I attained a City & Guilds in Handmade Fine Furniture, a Higher National Diploma and Degree in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship, and gained experience in both traditional and contemporary techniques with regionally and internationally renowned makers.

During my five years training I worked for Bill Illston, a traditional Cabinet Maker with over 50 years experience; Rupert Williamson, an internationally acclaimed ‘Art Furniture’ maker; and later a summer working with Alan Powell, Architectural Joiner, who also has over 50 years experience. I have also assisted Mike Abbott and Gudrun Leizt in setting up their green woodworking workshop in Clissett Wood.

This led me to the Hereford/Welsh Marches, near Hay-on-Wye, where in 2001 I set up my workshop alongside Chris Armstrong, Windsor chair maker and Woodland Manager.

The British Wool Marketing Board used my furniture in a national promotional campaign. I was selected by the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair for the New Exhibitors Award and by the London Garden Show at Alexander Palace for Silver in the Product Design Award. In 2004 I was invited to join the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and was subsequently given the Alan Knight Award. In 2016 I was invited to exhibit at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design in Cheltenham, the UK's most prestigious furniture exhibition.

I have exhibited throughout the U.K. and my work has featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaker magazine and The Guardian. My work can also be found in homes across Herefordshire and Worcestershire as well as Shropshire, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Wales, Powys and Gloucestershire.

I am often called upon to collaborate with other furniture makers, designers, architects and engineers to realize their designs. These include architectural joinery, a 7 metre long bridge between England & Wales and a timber framed house.