Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition


Studio Visit: Cecil Ross, Bainbridge Island

Cecil Ross
Two things struck me as execeptional about our visit to Cecil's shop during the Foundation Class's tour to woodworkers on Bainbridge Island in March 2011. First: Cecil's work, that he builds in a small (two car garage) shop, is completely variable in scale from something you can hold in one hand to a 70' long conference table! Second: his work is driven by the wood - the character, patterns and shape of a piece of wood determine what the piece will be. Cecil will live with a piece of wood until it finally reveals what it has to become.

Cecil hails from South Africa and spent many years working as a boat builder in California and Port Townsend before scaling to making beautiful wood sculpture and furniture. I strongly encourage to visit his website or his shop and gallery.