Furniture for the Wild at Heart

Milan, Michigan On Etsy since 2010

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Furniture for the Wild at Heart

Milan, Michigan | 142 Sales

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  • Terry weiner on Sep 10, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ben is a very talented man who made a fabulous Krainak. I love my new dining room table. If it’s in so perfectly in my house and I have been getting compliments like crazy. He definitely deserves five stars. Thank you

  • loribuczko on Jul 1, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful work! Thank you Ben. I will add my photo when we are set up. I appreciate the artwork and hand cultivated masterpieces!

  • Crista on Dec 19, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    After enjoying Ben's driftwood stools at The Range Cafe's in the Albuquerque area, we decided that we needed our own for our new house. Ben had a huge order going, but put us first in line so that we could have them for Thanksgiving (unfortunately, they didn't arrive until after the dinner and we had to eat at the picnic table...).

    These are unique and extremely well made stools. They are very stable and each one has it's own character. I do wish the seats were a little larger.

  • kbinchicago on Oct 24, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    We saw one of Ben’s dining tables a few years ago and after a recent remodel found Ben on Etsy. The table is spectacular and Ben delivered and installed within the week. The table is unique and a focal Point for our room - it is an amazing work of art.

  • Christina on May 22, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    This console table is delicate yet substantial, rustic yet modern, subtle yet dramatic. It is a beautiful piece that welcomes all to our home.

  • tanyakal09 on Apr 28, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered two mirrors in a custom shape/size and also desired the wood to be a certain color, and the artist personally searched outside until he found what I was looking for! They arrived quickly and safely, and they far exceeded expectations. Much of his work is perfect for a coastal home like mine...

  • frankie812 on Mar 2, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    Working with Ben was great. He really helped me out by rushing my order to get it in time for my daughters birthday. The mirror is beautiful.

  • Linda on Feb 19, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful job! The 18" size is as lovely as the large Icarus mirror and is perfect for my small space. This was a gift for my husband and he was delighted with it! It is a pleasure to pass it in the hallway as I get to see this beautiful mirror.

  • Lori on Nov 18, 2014

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the coolest table EVER!!!! Thank you so much for creating such an amazing piece of art. Its so beautiful that I hate to put chairs around it :-))

  • Nancy on Oct 25, 2014

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have been so excited about this piece since my biz partner discovered it a year ago! Wanted to do it as a dining room table but space not allowing - ben made the most beautiful console for me! I love it and it is surely a centerpiece in my living room.

About benforgeydotcom

Sales 142
On Etsy since 2010

It was either the Peace Corps or build chairs.

I was 26, alone in the New Mexico desert, far from friends and family, broke and finding out exactly what a BA in liberal arts was worth. It was 1991, I had a lot of time to explore the arroyo next to my two room adobe and to walk down to the Rio Grande not far from there. On those walks I began picking up interesting roots and sticks and would bring them back to the yard. It wasn't long before I was nailing them together; first a little side table, then a rudimentary couch and finally a chair. "It looks like an old grandmother", someone told me at the Santa Fe Flea market later, and also "Boy, those chairs are gonna make you famous". Maybe the fourth time out, a picker for an Italian company came by my stand and ordered five tables, five benches and 15 chairs. I went from nothing to Milan in the space of three months.

So it's been 21 years. I've probably made 2000 chairs, furnished seven restaurants, a Pueblo library, graced a hundred Italian magazines and sold to umpteen Hollywood stars. This career chose me and I followed it and have given it every inch of my being. I think about doing something else from time to time, especially when nothing's selling, but that only lasts a day or so. Then I'm back out in the shop and the phone rings -- or now I get an email from Etsy and I'm making the next great thing.

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  • Ben Forgey

    Owner, Maker

    For years and years I've said, "I've never had a real job". Now, I know there is no job more real than melding my hands and my mind to create. Art, furniture, a walk down a lane, it's all the same.

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Last updated on March 2, 2013

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Returns and exchanges
If there is a problem with an item every effort will be made to resolve and correct it in a professional and timely manner. Approved returns will be refunded minus the shipping charges either stated or ACTUAL, whichever is higher. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. All returns are subject to a 20% reprocessing fee.
I prefer payment through Paypal, but I accept checks, Paypal or credit card payments through Etsy. All orders must be paid in full at the time of making the order. Shipping on larger items must be paid after construction but before shipment.
Domestic shipping of the Icarus Mirrors is done through either UPS or the USPS. The mirror will be insured for it's value. International shipping of the mirrors is done through the USPS and does not include taxes or custom charges. I have developed very safe packaging for the mirrors, but upon occasion, the glass gets broken. Except on International orders, I will replace the glass at my cost.

For larger furniture pieces, I ship using blanket wrap carriers found through the bidding site The cost will be determined by lowest bid and then paid by me and charged to you before shipment. You may have to provide the shipper with a payment code upon delivery that I will have provided to you . Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Each piece will be insured for it's full value from damage that may arise during shipment.

Within 300 miles of Ann Arbor, MI, I may consider delivery myself at charges comparable to those found at