Russ has been a part-time cabinetmaker, carver, turner and woodworker since 1975. He worked for two years with a master cabinetmaker building kitchens, entertainment centers, china cabinets and other pieces. He attended several summer sessions at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program prior to retiring from school administration in 2006. He applied and was accepted to attend the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program for the 2006-2007 school year. Since graduating from the Fine Woodworking Program he has been a full-time worker in wood. He recently attended two different classes at Craft Supplies USA in Provo, Utah, taught by professional world-renowned turners. Russ has shops in Yuba City and Fort Bragg, CA. He is currently in his second year as the co-president of the Mendocino Woodturner’s Guild in Fort Bragg, CA, which is a program devoted to promoting and teaching the craft of turning wood.
Russ is a multi-talented woodworker who produces furniture, carvings, turnings, and sculpted pieces of art, as well as, making many of his own tools.
It is the creation of turning a single piece of wood, or an entire stack of wood into a piece of beauty that excites Russ the most. He loves the challenge of working with a client to create, design, and then build the item(s) they want for a specific purpose. Currently he spends much of his time turning single pieces on the wood lathe, or building rocking chairs of claro walnut and myrtle. If a client wants a specific wood, but wants it stained then it is up to Russ’s wife Kathy to do the staining. She can frequently be seen in the shop helping, or in the house creating her own style of art.