Born in Alameda, California, Garry Knox Bennett is a self-taught studio furniture maker who uses traditional fine woodworking techniques for both synthetic and natural materials. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1959 to 1962 and then worked as a metal sculptor. After managing his own successful jewelry and metal-plating business, he began to create metal sculpture. As he attempted to produce larger works of art and began to incorporate wood, this led him to making furniture. Bennett is known for gracefully combining wood with disparate materials such as aluminum, glass, precious and industrial metals, and plastic laminates.
Kenneth R. Trapp and Howard Risatti Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998)