Welcome to Ways-With-Wood, featuring woodwork by Ben Duckworth
Specifically, this includes roundwood timber framing in the roundhouse style, sculptural work, and interior fitted woodwork. The majority of the work is undertaken by hand in oak, tends towards a simple rustic aesthetic, and is sympathetic to the curves, shapes and textures inherent to the pieces of wood involved. Ben is of the school that buildings can be large sculptures. He has completed work for private clients and for businesses and county councils. This website focuses mostly on the roundhouse building aspect of his work.
The Ways-With-Wood approach
Ben has a novel, creative and intuitive approach to woodwork. He tends to work by hand, using both traditional hand tools, and those inspired by other cultures; the use of the African derived hand-adze for example, is prevalent in his work. He applies himself to timber framing projects, interiors (staircases, kitchens) and sculptural work. Over the last ten years he has specialised in the timber framing of reciprocal roofed roundhouses, using Welsh oak in the round (un-milled), although any traditional cruck frames are also readily undertaken. He works from a coppiced sessile oak woodland in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, where timber for roundhouse building projects and sculptural work is sourced in a sustainable manner, and some of the tools used forged on site. Construction work is interspersed with sculptural projects, although all are attempts to harness an idea of the inherent beauty and companionship of wood in the built environment. This is a good marriage of a simple rustic aesthetic with excellent attention to detail and quality workmanship.