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John M. Russell

"The best inspiration is probably nature itself."

Russell uses woods that come from all over the world--unusual, highly-figured, burled, and exotic. Rather than forcing each piece to take a certain shape, he allows the wood's natural grain to determine the pattern.

Applying his knowledge of the technical aspects of photography to the process of wood turning, John Russell distills the vision and essence of one craft for use in another. Knowing how light surrounds and reflects off photographed subjects, Russell inlays many of his large vessels with minerals--opals, turquoise, and pewter--to capture those same reflections.