Woodworking Projects

STL261: Russ Filbeck

This interview was done in 2019, and originally posted in 2020. It’s new to the podcast audience, and we thought the world could use a dose of Russ Filbeck right now.

For more information on Russ and to get a copy of his incredible book on ladderback chairmaking – https://russfilbeck.com/

Bending Wood With Hot Water

Russ Filbeck doesn’t use a steambox when bending wood for his ladderback chairs. Instead he uses a copper tray made by noted Shaker box maker John Wilson.

Sharpening gouges and drawknives with a lapidary wheel

Chairmaker Russ Filbeck demonstrates how he gets his drawknives and carving gouges sharp in short order using abrasive belts and a rubber lapidary wheel on his grinder.

Russ Filbeck gives back through woodworking

Russ Filbeck has been many things: submariner, woodworker, teacher, and philanthropist. In this interview, Russ shares his story, from how he started woodworking to his work helping President Carter raise money for his foundation, The Carter Center.

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