Artist Statement

Ron Cook is a California born and bred artisan luthier and craftsman. He uses "green" methods and materials to create one-of-a-kind hand-carved furniture, medieval and Early American stringed instruments, and sculptures. He uses primarily recycled, salvaged and urban forest woods. He is particularly known for his detailed carvings and "tiled" methods of construction.

Ron has exhibited nationally at American Craft Council Shows, as well as at the Sausalito Art Festival, Scottsdale Arts Festival, and Bellevue ArtsFair. His pieces have been shown in galleries and events as far away as Barcelona, Spain, and are in collections throughout the world.

Ron Cook has appeared in, and written for, Renaissance Magazine, and his works have appeared in American Woodworker, American Craft, Early Music America, Dulcimer Players News, Crafts Report, Guitarmaker, and Sunset, as well as on television: WABC in New York, KGO in San Francisco, San Jose Community TV, and Community Television of Santa Cruz.

Ron is a 40+ year member of the Guild of American Luthiers, a member of the American Craft Council, a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, and a Santa Cruz County Open Studios artist for two decades. HeĀ  teaches wood carving at a local community college, and also supports the Musical Instrument Museum and the National Music Museum.

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147 Sacramento Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

(831) 425-4933
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