8 Things You Might Not Know About Ben Napier
For starters, he's taller than you might have thought.
We know and love Ben Napier from his hosting role on Home Town. A master with his hands and his heart, Ben is known to create gorgeous furniture, jaw-dropping renovations, and touching personal connections. Of course, there’s so much more to know about the 37-year-old woodworker. To shed a little light on one of HGTV’s biggest stars, ahead you’ll discover eight things you might not have known about Ben.
He’s even taller than he looks.
At first glance, you might think that Ben is about 6 feet, 2 inches — tall, but not uncommonly so. In reality, he towers a staggering 6 feet, 6 inches. While he’s physically big, his wife Erin loves how big his heart is most of all.
“Have I ever told you about how big @scotsman.co is?” she asked in an Instagram caption. “He really is. Physically, you know that he’s very big. 6 feet 6 inches tall and 300 lbs. But that’s not what I mean. Not really. Whenever the people he loves are hurting, he has a way of being big enough to carry them. He, somehow, makes the heavy things lighter. Sometimes, when life is bearing down in a way that feels impossible and makes me numb, he lifts me up by coming in with the right words when I cannot find them. He shoulders responsibility without being asked. My grandmother was struggling to pull herself up in her hospital bed once when we arrived to visit her. He went to her and scooped her up easily, like a little child, and moved her to make her comfortable. When people around him are hurting, he becomes so much his father’s son—strong, calming, warm, and utterly comforting, and I thank God for my father-in-law who taught his boys how to be men. He’s big because he has to carry so many people… But his heart is always light. There’s a lot of grace in there.”
He’s named after his mother.
Ben’s mother’s name is Bennie and his father’s name is Das. Instead of being named after his dad, he carries the root of his mother’s name—an uncommon practice, but one that we’re fully on board with.
His parents are ministers.
Ben grew up Christian and both of his parents are ministers. One of his fondest memories is when they baptized Helen on Father’s Day 2018 following her January birth of that year.
"It’s going to be tough to top that,” he told People, admitting that he cried a lot.
He used to be a minister himself.
Before becoming a famous HGTV host, Ben was the youth minister at Laurel First United Methodist Church. He resigned in 2014 to further hone his skills as a woodworker and to focus on his and Erin’s businesses, Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co.
He creates one-of-a-kind wood furniture and leather goods for Scotsman Co.
Home Town fans have gotten a taste of Ben’s woodworking prowess thanks to custom projects throughout the episodes. From stunning beds and custom cabinets to live-edge tables and cutting boards, Ben can do it all.
He collects antique cars with Erin.
One look at the antique Scotsman Co. truck and you might have guessed that Ben has a passion for vintage cars. In an interview with Southern Weddings, Erin shared, “We collect antique cars and take my 1971 VW Beetle convertible, his 1962 Chevy pickup, and 1964 Pontiac Catalina (which belonged to my grandfather, then my daddy, now Ben) to car shows.” It’s one of their favorite activities as a married couple, according to Erin.
His and Erin’s love story began in college.
Ben was well-known at the University of Mississippi, where he and Erin went to college. Because of his high profile, Erin chose to write a story on him for the yearbook.
“On December 7, 2004 @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,” Erin wrote in the caption of a throwback post on Instagram.
His daughter, Helen, inspired him to focus on his health.
Ben admitted on Instagram that he comes from a family of men who don’t prioritize health until it’s the absolute last resort. “I come from a long line of big men who don’t really discuss their health until it’s an issue,” he wrote. “In 2014, one month before his 60th birthday, my father had emergency bypass surgery. Suddenly, this problem that seemed so far from me was standing right in front of me. Although I have made efforts to eat healthy and to exercise, it never seemed more real until I held this blue eyed girl that is equal parts Erin & me and a whole lot more than I deserve in my arms. I never want to leave her side, which means taking care of my heart has to be a major priority.”
With another season of Home Town under his belt (and Season 4 on the way!) and Erin and baby Helen at his side, the HGTV star and dedicated family man opens up to us about the ways he’s making sure he’ll be around for a long, long time.
With that in mind, Ben focused on his goal and, over the course of a year, lost an impressive 55 pounds. His method? Cardio and weight training four to five days a week.