Furniture Maker - Benji Reyes

Benji Reyes

"As I first manipulated my hand tools over a salvaged antiquated post, I soon realized that its density, quality and finish were superior to new wood."

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Benji Reyes took on woodworking as his artistic vocation 28 years ago and has been a silent, but pivotal figure in the Philippine woodworking community ever since. He has had a constant fascination for reclaimed wood and understands the material well. He integrates innovation into the furniture making process and has challenged traditional approaches to carpentry through deliberate avoidance of nails to fasten pieces of wood together.

Benji Reyes' studio is located in Antipolo, Philippines.

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"Through experience, I’ve learned that design and shop work are futile without knowledge of materials."

Kasintahan Love Seat

Sulok Sulatan Desk

Salvaged hardwoods

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As the demand for wood increased in the Phillipines, so did the logging activity. As Benji watched the forests disappear, guilt set in, and this led him to work with responsibly-sourced wood.

All his pieces are now made from reclaimed hardwoods salvaged from old bridges, barges, houses, and demolished buildings. Through his fascination and understanding of the material, he aims to integrate functionality with innovation into his pieces.

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Visit benjireyes.com or @benjireyes to learn more.