My name is Russell Gale. Im a woodworker in Asheville, NC.
I make furniture because it is what I love to do. It is in front of a bench that I feel most like myself, and in my workshop that I feel most at home. Being a furniture maker is more than just my profession, it is who I am.
Inspiration comes from all over. Sometimes it grows from the idea of an overall form and other times from a specific detail or technique I am eager to explore. It always comes from a desire to put into the world a piece that has a very real presence in a home, a piece that is thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed, and built to last.
I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
It was while pursuing a degree in Construction Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC that I discovered woodworking.
After graduating, I moved to Fort Bragg, CA to attend the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. I completed two years, staying through the last summer to work as an assistant instructor for one of the summer courses.
Upon returning to North Carolina, my wife and I settled in Asheville. I have been working as a woodworker here ever since.
My work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, and Woodworker West, as well as Lark Books 500 Cabinets.
I have shown work in California, North Carolina, and, most recently, in Maine at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanships show, Regeneration: Fine Woodworkers Under 30.
My studio is currently located at the Grovewood Gallery, next to the Grove Park Inn, in Asheville, NC.
Damascus and Cocobolo Knife with Box (2013) - Commission