Ron Benoit, originally from upstate New York, migrated to Cache Valley, on the Utah-Idaho border, in 1974. Both of his grandfathers whom he had never met, had been cabinetmakers. This would later inspire him to continue a family tradition.
After attending Utah State University, he began a career as a maintenance mechanic for a local manufacturer. These skills later proved to be invaluable as he began to acquire tooling and equipment to pursue the art of furniture making. By 1982, he had realized his true calling and began to create pieces for himself, friends and a few clients. A voracious reader, he read as many books as he could find on the subject. A complete collection of Fine Woodworking magazine still provides reference and inspiration. He left the industrial manufacturing world behind in 1996, never to look back. After honing his techniques in finishing and joinery, his focus has turned to the artistic aspects of furniture making. Inspired by the grandeur of the Mountain West, a love of wildlife, and beautifully figured woods, he looks forward to many years of creating “tomorrows’ heirlooms today.”
He describes his style as somewhere between Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle, with a more contemporary direction. As always, it’s all about bringing the wood to its full potential.
He now lives outside of Preston, Idaho with his wife, son and daughter, where, surrounded by a forest of his own trees, he creates heirloom pieces for discriminating clients from around the world.