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Ben Russell

Ben Russell is well known as a versatile and consummate wood-craftsman. Always working with a perfectionists passion for detail, his focus nowadays is woodcarving with specialisations including Celtic patterns and lettercarving.

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He has undertaken many complex private and public woodworking commissions, and produces sculptural pieces for exhibition. His broad ranging public work has included: carved wooden altars and sanctuary furniture for two Cork city churches; hand-carved inscriptions for the Derry Verbal Arts Centre; complete office furnishings, in irish timbers, for the Council for Forest Research and Development, in Dublin; and a symbolic structure for the United Nations, in Geneva.

He prefers to work only with timber from sustainably managed forests, and has used many Irish-grown timbers, including oak, ash, elm, chestnut, yew and cherry - as well as the less commonly found bog-oak, apple, elder, holly and laburnum.

Woodcarving courses for beginners

You can learn how to carve wood on a 3-day course in Ben's comfortable and well equipped studio. The studio has a stock of recommended woodcarving tools for sale.

Craft Journalism

As a photographer and writer, Ben has produced over 50 magazine articles on woodcarving technique and wooden tool making, and he is a consultant to Practical Woodworking magazine.

Human Rights

With a constant appreciation of the personal and political freedom that allows him to pursue his work in West Cork, Ben supports Amnesty International in the global campaign to secure those rights for everybody.

Go to Ben's website, or call him, for more details of his woodcarving courses, commissioning woodwork or craft photography.

Kealkill • Bantry • West Cork • Ireland

Tel: 027 - 66133


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