Ben McBrien builds stuff.
Based in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington— known to some as “the Bad Lands” —Ben toils in his workshop re-purposing scraps to provide them with a new life.
Ben will be selling his Farmhaus wares this weekend at the Art Star Bazaar! A…
Please come support local artists and craftspeople at the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend at Penns Landing here in Philadelphia. Farmhaus has a selection of cutting and serving boards and platters as well as some Wood turnings from my father.
Shots by Dom Episcipo
Poplar drafting table by Farmhaus for True Hand Tattoo in Fishtown, Philadelphia
Bufad- This is a new restaurant that i designed and built tables for here in Philly on the corner of 13th and Spring Garden. They are made from beautifully figured and spalted Sugar Maple with an Oxidized treatment. Each top is one slab cut into 3 pieces. There is a removable center leaf so it is versitile for such a small space. I.E: 2- 2tops or up to a 6 top. The bases are powder coated steel I-beam.
Not pictured is the natural edge bar with the same finish. i also made the door handles and serving boards for the restaurant. I’m super proud of the way this place looks and stoked to collaborate with my best good bud Mike Ski on the interior. It helps that the food is pretty stellar to boot.
Took the time to make myself a new surfboard for my up-coming and much deserved vacation. It’s based on boards I’ve seen coming from Daniel Thompson from Tomo surfboards. I’m not gonna pretend I know how it’s gonna work but this thing already feels magic. I feel so selfish keeping something I have made just for me.
Drafting table on a vintage cast iron base. I counted 101 growth rings from the center but the sawyer said this slab was about 30 feet from the ground when it was cut. It’s old.
The Industry bar top under construction. I never put any pictures of this up because this project just about killed me. My last huge job EVER. I just can’t abide.
it’s funny to work for almost a week and make a delivery that fits on the palm of one hand.
Both an outlet for my wood-hoarding tendencies and an answer to that age old question: “What the fuck am i going to buy this broad for christmas?” these wooden rings now available in the farmhaus shop.
Cherry bench. some butterflies and patchwork on the top. legs are stained black reclaimed heart pine that i turned on me new lathe. this one is going into the online shop today if you really like it.
I made some rings for my special lady awhile back and her friends were all “OMG I like totes want one of those” so I was all “ok” and I made some more.
Hand shaped walnut serving boards. These were so fun to make. I will be putting these in my online shop today.
Fishtown welcome center. this was a new construction haus in my neighborhood having no real character to enhance, so i had to import it all the way from berks county. some grey barn boards juxtaposed against the white niche cabinetry and some pop colors for personality. bike racks. i put a bench just below the his and hers key nooks with an outlet to charge the phones. finally a custom library ladder to get to the ample bookshelves above. this was fun.