Bill Rusk

Member Details:

Full Name: Bill Rusk

City: Jackson

State: Mississippi

Date Joined: 1983

Member Classification: Fellow since 1992

Medium: Wood. Artist Categories: Furniture.


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.