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The apprenticeship of a woodworker begins at childhood and ends with his last breath.

All about Benjamin Jack Prowell
bprowell@prowellwoodworks.com


 


 

 

 
March 2012
 
 
 
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1990

Accessorized with an Illinois apron and hammer belonging to previous generations.

 


2005


Finally, an apron that fits him.

 
 
 
Ben Prowell  
ben prowell woodworking

 

 


1993

Building something. Who knows what. But he has his own toolbox and his own leather apron and his own hammer. Building something.

 
 
 
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1993

Watching and learning.
He would spend endless hours doing just this--watching it done once, and then seldom forgetting.

 
 
 
ben and charles prowell

 

 

Tolstoy's Anne Karanina and Too Hot to Handle

 
 
 

 

 


1995

Blue ribbon winner at the Sonoma County Fair for his redwood table

 
 
 
ben prowell furniture at 8

 

 


1999

On-site installation for one of the original fence styles #1 in Ross, CA

 
 
 
 


1999

Three houses down the same street, setting the gate hinges.

 
 
 

 

 


2002

The generational continuum of one apprentice to another
(Ben Prowell and cousin Parker Prowell).

 


2002

Parker Prowell, finishing his bench

 
 
 
 

 

 

 


2004

With his older brother Sam Prowell, on the right, for a family gathering at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco

 
 
 

 

 


2005

Considering a procedure

 
 
 
 

 

 

 


2005

At work on gate Style #51 for an historic Georgetown site in Washington, DC

 
 
 

 

 

 


2007

Ben and Parker

 
 
 

 

 


2007

A marketer's dream: Five Prowells in the shop at once. Ben giving a few of his cousins a little time in the shop.
Left to right: Jackson, Ben, Parker, Asa, and Soren.

 
 
 

 

 


2007

Coming up with a new Patio Table and Bench product

 
 
 

 

 


A typical Gate subjected to Quality Control Test #32---the Sonoma coast

 
 
 

 

 


2008

Geared up with his headphones for music and ear protection; his high tech battery operated dust filter; and the special woodworker's gloves.

 
 
 
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The Jaguar's caliper-like hands at work
 
 
 
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2009

 
 
 
ben prowell

 


2010

Showing an in-progress of Prowell's 2-teired Post Cap.
And the finished assembly.

 
 
 
ben prowell   post cap

 

woodworking

NORTH BENNETT STREET SCHOOL of FURNITUREMAKING

 

Founded in the mid-1800's as a vocational institute for immigrants, the school remains in the same building in Boston's historic North End. Considered by many as the nation's most prestigious furniture-making guild, while also offering a curriculum in violin-making; and traditional timber carpentry.

 
 
 
North Bennet Srteet School

 

 

On the rooftop in Boston's North End. An area used, among other things, to expose clamped glue-ups to the sun and air.
 
 
 
ben prowell at North Bennet Street, boston

 

 


2010

The first visit. The second visit lasted a week during late October of the same year and ended, not surprisingly, with the arrival of the first nor'easterly of the season. Charles instantly took flight to the temperate west coast.

 
 
 
north bennet street--ben prowell

 

 


2010

The third floor shop, reserved for second-year students.

 
 
 
north bennet street woodworking

Below, two pieces created at North Bennett Street
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The Demi Lune Table.
Walnut. Lakewood.

 

 

The Serpentine Table

 
 
   
 
demi lune table  
 


 
 
 

 

 


December 2011

Returning from Boston, Ben drives cross country yet again. In Colorado he is joined by his older brother, the inimitable Sam Prowell. They detour the last stretch by visiting Bozeman, Montana, below. Then on to Idaho to cross the panhandle following the Lewis and Clark route to drop down for a visit with their Aunt Sarah Prowell in Portland, and down the northern Californian coast.

 
 
 
sam and ben prowell

 

 


June 2012
In June Ben returned to his beloved Boston to rekindle a few friendships and attend graduation.

The North Bennett Street graduation ceremonies were held at Boston's historic North Church, next door to the school and built in 1723-- the oldest standing church in Boston. Known to most as where, in 1775, the church sexton climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British had were marching to Lexington. Two lanterns, as by earlier arrangement, in the phrase you will all recognize: One if by land, Two if by Sea

Below, the graduates linger in the family pew boxes. Originally, families had to purchase the pew boxes on a grading scale, with those at the front and center aisle being the more expensive than those in the rear and upper galleries. As long as the dues were paid, the families had exclusive use of their boxes, and would decorate them with fine fabrics and furnishings as an indication of social status. Families arriving in the colonies late might also reserve a more expensive pew in the front, and when available, essentially move up in society. Hence, some of the more notable citizens, such as British General Cage, had to sit in the far rear pew.

Below, Ben peering up, among a few of the graduates gathered in typical pew boxes.

 
 
 
north bennet street school graduation
 


June 2012
There are several craftsmanship schools within North Bennett Street. Here, Ben with those fellow graduates from the Fine Furniture-making curriculum.


But also present are those graduates representing: Violin-Making; Bookbinding, Jewelry-Making; Locksmithing; Preservation Carpentry; Piano Technology

 
 
 
historic North Church in Boston
 


December 2015

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Homebuilding
Spring 2016

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Sonoma County's Press Democrat
1992

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Landscape Architecture
2002

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ben prowell, landscape architecture magazine

 

 


Woodwork Magazine
1993

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1989

 
 
 

 

Somewhere, somehow, within this contraption hides a glorious secret.

 

 

 

Contact Ben Prowell
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