Ben Petersen

Principal & Designer

I grew up in Iowa on the same as farm my father and grandfather.  Watching my father work with his hands to mend,  invent, an build I learned to work with my hands at a very young age.  When I was twelve i built my first stool and for my birthday my parents gave me a small workshop of my own.  I have been making ever since.  






In 2009 I founded a custom furniture company, PhilipDesignLab.  After working alone for a couple years, I began collaborating with other makers on a couple projects and started creating a couple collections of furniture. We now have a small team of joiners, furniture makers and craftsmen, we call it Timbersmith. 

Hand-Hewn Goods

We use traditional methods and time-tested joinery to make high quality furniture that will last decades.  Our designs are intended to be handsome and timeless.