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Location: The Woodlands, Texas

Professional studio woodturner, Eurowood Werks Woodturning Studio - The Woodlands, Texas. I opened Eurowood Werks more than 13 years ago after retiring from a career in insurance. My studio specializes in the production of bowls, platters and hollow forms. The majority of my current artistic work centers on the exploration of fifth century Grecian water and wine vessels. Particular attention is paid to the visual and tactile details in each piece, striving for a graceful and harmonious balance in the finished form.

Extensive use of bowl centre saver systems in my bowl turning production allows me to save several bowls from a single bowl blank. This is in keeping with my overall goal of conservation and respect for the timbers used. I regularly feature local storm damage and salvaged woods in both my functional and artistic works. The majority of the timber I use in my studio would have otherwise gone into a landfill. It's important to me to conserve our natural resources and I prefer salvaged timber whenever possible for my woodturning projects.

I'm a prolific writer on various woodturning subjects (more than 150 articles to date) and I've had articles published in more than 78 countries around the world. My articles have appeared in local, national, and international publications and on the Internet. I'm also a regular featured writer for the Guild of Master Craftsman’s "Woodturning" magazine published in London, England, where I write a monthly column covering technical topics related to woodturning.

I'm also the author of an internationally popular educational series for woodturners titled “Woodturning with Steven D. Russell.” This series currently includes two eBooks and three DVD videos. I'm active on numerous Internet based woodturning newsgroups and woodturning websites. I also demonstrated woodturning techniques for “The Woodworking Shows” for five years as a master woodturner. In the thirteen years of my studio, I've performed more than 1,770 demonstrations throughout the United States. In addition to woodturning, I'm actively involved in product, tool and machinery testing for numerous woodturning related manufacturers around the world.

These days my schedule is so hectic that there is little time for anything that's not related to woodturning, but I'm also actively involved in the Mercedes-Benz Club America, having served on the national board of directors as the South-Central Regional Director for several years. I've also held offices in the local Houston Section of MBCA, including President, newsletter editor of the award winning "The Houston Star" and as a Houston Section board member. I'm also the founding President of the Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas (an AAW affiliated member chapter), where I serve as CEO and President.

My wife and I enjoy traveling to Hawaii (we've been five times in the last five years) and plan to retire there in a few years where I will build my dream studio in the Up Country mountains of Maui. If you have any woodturning questions, or if I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. Take care and best wishes in all of your woodworking and woodturning endeavors! Mahalo!

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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#1 posted 07-23-2007 10:17 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-23-2007 10:59 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-24-2007 01:25 AM

Hello Steve. Welcome
I am checking out your website and am intrigued by your conservation strategy of using the inner bowl….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 07-24-2007 02:50 AM

Welcome. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 07-24-2007 05:05 AM

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here. Should you have any woodworking questions do not hesitate to ask…Somebody will know the right answer.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 07-24-2007 05:56 AM

Welcome Steve
Post your work so we can see what projects you are working on !!

You have a awsome website. I read the section on boiling wood bowls. Great idea.


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-25-2007 08:49 PM

Hello and thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!

MsDebbieP: Thanks for your comments. We use tools called Centre Savers with curved knives to remove the interior of bowls as a solid block of wood. This “saved” core can then be remounted and turned into another bowl that is cored… The process is repeated until the core is too small to core again. You can easily get one bowl for every inch of thickness in the original bowl. Therefore, a 4” thick bowl blank could easily yield four bowls, instead of one bowl when hollowed in the usual way. With advanced techniques, even more bowls can be saved… Centre Savers allow you to save and area of the bowl (the centre) that is usually turned away as waste, allowing you to conserve precious natural resources.

Dan: Thanks for the kind words about my website! I will post a few of my pieces from time to time. My boiling protocol has been very well received all over the world and is used not only by woodturners, but a few large mills to prepare their wood prior to exporting. In some parts of the world, I’m known as “Dr. Boil” for my extensive testing and research on boiling wood to reduce drying degrade.

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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#8 posted 07-26-2007 06:20 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks! I hope you enjoy your time with us.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 11-28-2007 05:32 PM

Glad to have you aboarrrrd! I’ve just seen your posts on Tung Oil…WOW!! Keep it up!

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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#10 posted 07-18-2009 04:40 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for helping to make this a great site!

-- Gary D.

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#11 posted 07-17-2010 04:45 AM

Well, another year has rolled by. It must have been a really fun year because it seems like yesterday when I congratulated you on being a LJ for 2 years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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