Collection: Jamie Russell

I started carving when I got my first pocket knife at age nine. My wood working training started with the SIAST Cabinetmaking and Millwork program in 1972. My other formal learning experience was a three month apprenticeship under master craftsmen Art Carpenter and Stuart Welch with the Baulines Craft Guild in the San Francisco area in 1985. I prefer to refer to the rest of my learning experience as “self directed learning” as opposed to “self taught”. I’ve been involved in a series of workshops organized by the SCC and the Woodworkers Guild that have exposed me to many of the best craftspeople in the world. These connections have opened many doors for me such as participating in the International Turning Exchange in Philadelphia and teaching at high end craft schools. I’ve distilled these experiences into my own design philosophy and vocabulary of techniques.

I’ve lived most of my adult life in rural settings near Saskatoon including the acreage I’ve lived on for the last 29 years. I love the twenty yard commute between my home and my shop.


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