Ben Napier Biography
Ben Napier is an American woodworker, craftsman and television personality. He co-hosts HGTV’s ‘Home Town’, alongside his wife Erin Napier. He is a co-owner of Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with his wife.
Ben Napier Age
He was born on September 24, 1983 in Mississipi, USA.
Ben Napier Height
Ben stands at a height of 6 feet 6 inches tall.
Ben Napier Education
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Mississippi.
Ben Napier Parents
He is the son of Bennie Kay Napier and Wayne Napier. His father worked as a baptist preacher and is graduated from Duke University. In 2014 a month before his 60th birthday he had an emergency triple by-pass surgery.
His mother is a seamstress. She recreated Merida’s dress from the Disney-Pixar film Brave as a Christmas present for a young family member.
Ben Napier Brothers
Napier is the oldest of four brothers; Tom Napier, Sam Napier and Jesse Napier. His younger brother, Jesse can often be seen on “Home Town” helping his big brother work on projects.
Ben Napier Ethnicity
Ben is of Scottish heritage.
Ben Napier and Erin Napier
Ben Napier has been married to Erin Napier since November 22, 2008. The couple met in college although at the time Erin was dating a guy known as Charlie who was a co-worker at the hospital pharmacy.
Erin recalled their meeting in an Instagram post where she wrote; “@scotsman.co and I met in our college yearbook room about the feature story we were writing about him. I was the design editor and for two years had noticed him, always the center of attention, everyone’s best friend, my biggest crush. December 8, we took the photos for the yearbook. December 9, we went on our first date and he met my mama. December 10, we looked at the Christmas lights in Mason Park. December 13, we decided we would get married someday. It sounds crazy to you, maybe. But it makes perfect sense to me.”
Ben Napier Daughters
Ben and his wife are parents to two daughters, Helen Napier who was born in 2018 and Mae Napier born on May 28, 2021.
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Ben Napier Religion
Ben is a Christian who attends First Methodist. He used to serve as a full-time youth minister on the staff at Laurel First United Methodist Church. He resigned in October 2014 after serving for a decade.
His resignation letter which was published on Erin’s blog read; “Effective October 31, 2014, I will no longer serve as the full-time youth minister on the staff at Laurel First United Methodist Church. This decision comes with much thought and prayer as I feel that this chapter in my life has come to an end. Erin and I are not going anywhere and will continue to be active in the life of First Methodist. We stepped out in faith twice in 2009 when we decided to leave a great ministry position at Oak Grove, and that Erin would leave her day job and go full time with our business.
In answering what we believed to be God’s call, we were blessed tremendously in both of these decisions. When I started professional youth ministry ten years ago, I knew that it was not a “forever” career.
This has been the most educational and fulfilling chapter of my life, but it is time for me to move on to the next one and take up a full-time role in the business Erin and I started back then. Once again, we feel that God is calling us to make another step with him.
Thank you for believing in me and trusting me with the guidance of your students over the last five years. Thank you for opening up and bringing us into the family at First Methodist. We are nervous, excited, scared, and optimistic about the next few years, but we pray that our church family will support us in this new calling.”
Ben Napier Woodworking
Ben is a woodworker, he gained interest in woodworking during his college days at Ole Miss while his now-wife, Erin was taking studio art classes, which last several hours per day.
“If I was going to spend time with her, I would have to do it there in the art building. Sometimes I would study, sometimes I would watch her work, sometimes I would help her, but sometimes I would wander around and talk to other students. The graduate students who worked in the wood-shop became my friends and they taught me how to use the equipment. The rest is history.”
Ben Napier Scotsman Co
Napier is a co-owner of Scotsman Co, a wood-working shop, alongside his wife Erin. During an interview, he revealed that he wanted to name his furniture shop ‘Napier Company,’ originally, but there was another name in the furniture world called ‘Napier Manufacturing.’ Since he didn’t want any confusion in case his business blew up he opted for Scotsman Co.
He is also a co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. In 2016 the Napiers, Nowells and Rasberrys, 3 couples made up of family and long-time best friends. They used their combined expertise in history, design, historic preservation, organizational management, finance and accounting to reopen Laurel’s bygone hometown store. The shop became operational in December 2016. In 2018 the opened the second retail location in Laurel.
LMCo. is the only place to find the brand’s signature collection of American-made heirloom wares and durable goods for home and life, and LMCo.’s flagship label, Scotsman Co., featuring Ben’s handmade woodworkings and gentlemen’s workwear.
Ben Napier Hometown HGTV
Ben and his wife Erin are hosts of Home Town on HGTV, a renovation show where they help people of Laurel, Mississippi, make and remake their houses. They were discovered off Instagram by Lindsey Weidhorn, an HGTV executive who fell in love with Laurel through Erin’s photos featuring the hashtag #ILiveInLaurel.
After they got married Erin suggested they settle in Laurel, Erin’s hometown. Erin said in a blogpost on Guideposts, “…so he didn’t really have a hometown. I did: Laurel, a sleepy old place that had seen better days. Founded in the 1880s, it had flourished when lumber mills were harvesting the area’s yellow pines. But industry moved on, and people moved out. Others might have hurried past the shuttered storefronts, but I kept seeing the myriad possibilities amid architecture that was worth preserving. What if there could be a bookstore on the corner or an Italian restaurant or a shop that sold sweet-smelling candles and soaps?”
They fixed up a second-floor loft in a flatiron building in the historic district together. “The floorboards had nickel-size gaps, the nine-foot-tall single-pane windows were a century old and too expensive to replace, so we learned to love how the wind whispered through them in all seasons.”
Ben discovered his gift for woodworking; restoring old pieces of furniture, making an armoire from reclaimed material. His hobby grew into a hop making his own furniture, beautiful hand-finished works of art. He later studied joinery and picked oil-based stains that gave the wood a rich depth.
The show premiered in January 2016 and on November 13, 2019 it was announced they will be starring in the spin-off show ‘Home Town Rescue’ which will premiere in 2021.
Ben Napier and Erin Napier Furniture
In 2019 Erin and Ben partnered with Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company to develop collections of both solid wood and veneered furniture. During an interview with CountryLiving.com Erin said they will design the furniture. “The furniture will be designed by Ben and I and have classic American, Shaker, and English-inspired design.”
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I went to high school in Rockingham County, North Carolina, near the Virginia state line. We would spend Saturdays exploring the Blue Ridge mountains, getting fresh apples from roadside stands, and learning about the furniture towns of southwest Virginia. On HGTV, we talk about revitalizing small town America. So, a few years ago, when an overseas furniture company wanted to put the Scotsman name on their furniture, it was easy to say “no thank you” because I remembered those factory towns I’d explored with my family. To drive through a town that has lost its industry is sad. Laurel is still here because of the jobs and industry that are here. @erinapier announced this partnership earlier. Teaming up with Vaughan-Bassett is something I’ve been actively working toward for two years, but it goes back to riding through Virginia in a Suburban with my family in the fall of 1999. This is the realization of a dream that was sparked at a very young age for me. You’ll soon be able to buy @scotsman.co and @laurelmercantile furniture, built in America, from Appalachian hardwoods. You can rest assured that this furniture will be durable, and that for every tree that was cut to build a piece of furniture, another was planted in its place. I’m excited to be able to design and build sustainable furniture with one of America’s last great factories. #AmericanMadeAmericanPaid #AmericanMadeMeansAmericanPaid
Ben Napier Net worth
Erin and Ben Napier have an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Ben Napier Political Career
In 2013 Be ran for Laurel City Council Ward 5 but he lost to Manuel Jones who garnered 397 votes while Ben garnered 281 votes.
Ben Napier Weight Loss
In 2019 Ben revealed that he had lost 55 pounds since 2018. “I’ve lost 55 pounds since last year. Over the course of season 3, I dropped about 35 pounds, so you’ll see it happening.”
He revealed during an interview with CountryLiving.com that he had started exercising fairly regularly about eight years ago but he got serious in 2018 after the birth of his daughter.
While he was a guest blogger on Laurel Mercantile he revealed that his family is composed of big people. He added that his maternal grandfather died of stroke while his mother was in high school and his paternal grandfather had multiple open-heart surgeries. His father also had an emergency bypass surgery in 2014.
Ben Napier Political Affiliation
Napier has not made his political affiliation public.
Ben Napier Football Career
Due to his physique, Ben seems suited to play football but he has never had a career in football.
Ben Napier Instagram
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I started a new project this week using reclaimed California Redwood, also known as Sequoiadendron giganteum or giant sequoia. This is my first time working with this truly ancient wood species, and I can’t stop singing, “This land is your land, and this land is my land From the California, to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me” (photos by @randy.sherrell) #bigtreefallhard #sequoia #redwoods