Ben is the author of several books, the first
of them being his well loved 'The Woodland Way' where he shows
that a well designed woodland enterprise can be serious business.
For many years Ben lived in a hazel bender in Prickly Nut Woods
where he tended the land and produced his woodland products like
charcoal and shingles. Eventually Ben began to build his home,
hand selecting trees from the woodland he manages to build a cruck
frame roundwood home with walls of barley bales clad outside with
At the time few people were using roundwood so Ben developed
construction methods which he later documented in his most recent
book Roundwood Timber Framing (see below).