If you take a walk through the woods in Panton, Vermont, you will likely come across the remains of many tree-houses and wooden forts. These are evidence of Ben Raphael's earliest handiwork, built from whatever lumber he could salvage from his Dad's myriad of home-improvement projects. After graduating Cum Laude from Colby College, in Maine, Ben apprenticed with two skilled carpenters before setting off on his own. In 2009, he founded Wooden Hammer, focussing on custom woodwork and carpentry. Our woodshop, nestled in Vermont's Champlain Valley, remains small by design. We want to focus on the details of each cabinet we build, each table we fashion, not the details of assembly-line construction or bulk distribution. When you work with us (us meaning Ben and his assistant) you will be communicating with the actual craftsman from first contact until your project is complete. Simply put, we like working with wood and we like getting creative with wood. Want something made from wood? Give us a call, send us an email, or shoot off a text. We look forward to hearing from you.
For those dying to know more about this Ben Raphael character, please continue to read: He likes the outdoors (hiking, skiing, camping, sitting). He loves his family (wife, son, daughter, dog). He likes writing (published in Skiing, Backpacker, Men's Journal), although he doesn't do much of that these days, save for his own website content (you're reading that now). Ben also thinks he's pretty funny, although sometimes he might want to tone it down a bit. He likes to read, mostly highbrow stuff so he can try to sound smart, but also lowbrow stuff so he can keep it real, and lots and lots of stuff about working with wood so he can stay ahead of the pack. That should be enough for now, but don't hesitate to call if you want to hear more.