March 16, 2013 JAMIE RUSSELL Canadian Woodworking Magazine April-May Issue, 2013
Feature Article: Russell, a self-confessed bachelor hermit, has quietly made sculpted furniture in his Saskatchewan studio for many decades. by Rob Brown
Jamie Russell, 63, Cabinetmaker
Location & size of studio
My studio and home are 80 acres about 25 miles from Saskatoon. 830 sq. ft.
Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences Cabinetmaking Millwork Program – 1972, Baulines Craft Guild apprenticeship with Art Carpenter and Stuart Welch - 1984, numerous workshops.
How long have you been building furniture?
What sort of furniture do you specialize in?
I mostly make tables and occasionally chairs, all featuring animals carved as structural parts. In the last two years I’ve had a few commissions for case work and have enjoyed revisiting this part of my furniture roots.
Tell us a couple of interesting things about your personal life.
I’m a bachelor hermit living in the country with my dog. Most of my protein comes from eating deer.
If you were not a furniture maker, what would you be?
I originally planned to be a French teacher, but the travelling I mentioned above convinced me I didn’t want to spend a long time in school. Last summer, I thought seriously about getting a job mowing grass in the nearby provincial park. In the end, I decided I was too old to start a new career. I have started a new direction with woodworking-carving decorative vessels and small sculptures.