Charles and Ben’s Sonoma County shop is just off Hwy 101: Although you are always welcome to visit, make a note that this is where Charles and Ben work, upon moving from the location of the past 30 years in Sebastopol. A move of convenience–with the finisher, crater, and metalworker across the street and the big rigs from the mills and freight carriers no longer complaining about the quaint narrow streets of Sebastopol. There are normally several completed gate styles and various products scattered about the shop, as well as projects either under way or waiting for a freight pick-up. And yet it is not formally a showroom. There is no antechamber or receptionists schooled in greeting pleasantries. Simply Charles and Ben, who are pleased you’ve taken the time for a visit.
It’s important that your call or write to schedule your visit, lest you arrive like the lad below. On the outside, wanting in.