Russ Fellows of Skunk Hollow Studios a native of Springfield, Vermont, I am the fourth generation of my Family to be involved with woodworking. My great-grandfather owned a pattern-making shop in the booming Springfield machine tool industry. My grandfather and father were both active hobbyist woodworkers, and some of the machines in my studio today belonged to them! I attended the Springfield Public Schools through grade nine, then finished my high-schooling at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. I have a B A degree from Middlebury College. Settling in northern Vermont after graduation, my professional career evolved through many years and phases, but all my endeavors have involved building , restoration, carpentry, or fine woodworking! From restoring the old farmhouse in which I lived, to building homes for others, to crafting furniture and making woodenware, I have never lost my love of or focus on woodworking. Except for an occasional commission, I now exclusively make lathe pieces such as bowls, platters, vessels and sculptural pieces, which I sell in galleries in Vermont and New Hampshire.
My work has won numerous awards in both Vermont and Florida where I also have a studio and live in the winter. I am past president and director of Vermont's largest woodturning club, past director of Vermont WoodNet, an association of individual and corporate wood workers and producers, and am active in a woodturning club in Florida. I teach, am a mentor for new turners, and do regular demonstrations in both Vermont and Florida.
I live with Bob, my partner of 36 years, in an earth-sheltered solar home in Jericho, VT that we designed and built together, and furnished with furniture I have made. We co-parent an 85 lb Airedale Terrier named “Danny”, the third such rescue!