Full Name: Bill Rusk
Date Joined: 1983
Member Classification: Fellow since 1992
After paper routes, wood was the key to Bill’s early work experience. He moved from construction labor on horse ranch to stints in the woods with surveyors and loggers. As a carpenter’s helper, he worked with notable journeymen. Nights and weekends, he began to make softwood (redwood and fir) pieces in a garage shop. In 1975, at a showing of a house he had helped build, he saw and felt a handmade walnut table. It was a revelation. Bill has been exploring hardwood’s capacity to be neatly joined and smartly finished ever since.