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March 16, 2013
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?
40 years.

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.

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