- About Construct -



CONSTRUCT provides design, fabrication and installation services to both residential and commercial clients. CONSTRUCT builds well designed spaces and objects that are well crafted, sturdy, inherently beautiful and nice to touch.


We are inspired by the materials that we use, and their inherent honesty and beauty. Our typical work highlights solid wood and steel in the construction of staircases, railings, custom built-ins, cabinetry, furniture, art, and unique structures. We are a skilled and thoughtful group of craftsmen who are open to unusual ideas and have the ability to execute complex designs.


CONSTRUCT believes in the power of work to motivate and engage. We enjoy taking on apprentices and mentoring through the local high school. Through the act of building we teach tangible skills to people who show an interest in the built environment and an aptitude for working with their hands.


Benjamin Cheney

Is the principal behind construct custom wood and metal work. Born and raised in the small town of Montpelier Vermont, Ben went on to receive his BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied art and literature. He has been continuously employed crafting the built environment from the age of 12.  At the Yestermorrow Design/Build School he led the Woodworking Intensive and Semester in Sustainable Design/Build, and served on the Board of Directors.  In 2010, Ben started his business, CONSTRUCT custom wood and metal. He has exhibited his work at The Front in Montpelier and multiple galleries nationwide. Ben is a current member of the Camp Billings Board of Directors and serves on the Montpelier Design Review Committee.



Alex joined Construct in 2018, and brings several years of experience in the building crafts, including frame-to-finish carpentry, post and beam, and straw bale construction. He enjoys working with steel because of it's versatility and strength, and loves working with wood because of its natural beauty and because every tree, board, and furniture piece tells a story. His position at Construct provides daily opportunities to collaboratively solve design and construction problems and contribute to making functional, beautiful spaces. 

When not working in the shop or on a job site, Alex can be found playing outside, volunteering in his community, immersed in a project at home, or taking a nap.



Chris runs the blacksmith shop, and founded Kingfisher Forge in 2008. Introduced to the art of blacksmithing in high school shop class, Chris found a circuitous path that led him back to the forge as a means to make a living and to channel creative energy. He brings to his designs his experiences as chef, trail builder, educator, and student of the natural world. The practice of transforming iron, from chunk of metal to functional hand wrought object with heat and hammer produces textures and forms that are truly satisfying. Chris revels in the collaborative process with his fellow artists and the great clients that he has been fortunate to work with.




Jesse is a woodworker, design/builder, sculptor and principal at Cooper-Cote LLC, his professional practice is focused on furniture design and fabrication, cabinetry and design/build services. For over 10 years he's undertaken projects for clients in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Washington DC in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles.  He grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and studied Studio Art at Middlebury College (BA '00.) For part of the year, he is a faculty instructor at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, VT. He maintains a studio art practice as a hobby, and his sculptural work continues to be a source of ideas, imparting notions of form and color that often make their way into furniture designs. Partnering with Ben and Chris on projects allows for dynamic collaborations, and the convenience of their adjacent shops offers Construct W&M clients a unique combination of wood and metal fabrication capabilities.