Ben Carpenter

Kinetics & Electronics and Blacksmithing Instructor

Benjamin Carpenter began exploring his creativity as a child building cardboard forts and various other contraptions with tools smuggled from his grandfather’s garage in New England.

Earning a B.F.A. from the Maine College of Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry led him to explore the possibilities of larger scale architectural metalwork, kinetic and interactive sculpture.

He gained experience working with several artists and craftspeople on both coasts of the United States. Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he spends most of his time pursuing interests in his own studio & with the collaborative Group 5 Ton Crane. He exhibits his work locally, nationally & internationally.

Backbone Metals is the moniker under which he does commissioned work.
Ben Carpenter