"I live in the mountains and have a rustic condo that is furnished with contemporary pieces. I needed a coffee table that would be both rustic and contemporary. Mike suggested a Beetle Kill Pine top with a very sleek, steel base. We even picked our logs from the mountainside outside of my home. It turned out beautifully and it was so much fun to be involved in the process."
J. Wagner, Silverthorn, CO

"Mike did a great job! He made us a sofa table, coffee table, and an entertainment center for our living room. Compliments are plenty, every time we have guests over. With every piece of furniture, Mike let us pick out our own wood and involved us in the whole building process. We would definitely recommend Mike to anyone who wants hand crafted furniture. The process was very creative, intuitive and most of all, easy."
Aaron and Tracy Klugger, Denver, CO

"We've known Mike for over 30 years, and during that time, he's made several pieces for us. Along with some free standing furniture, he's made some installations that go beautifully in our home. The kitchen piece has an interesting top of poured concrete. Always a pleasure to collaborate with such a talent!"
Mark and Dawn Flemming, Denver, CO


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  • Buffalo Skull

Buffalo Skull

Found buffalo skull with turquoise tile and braided cowhide.

  • Seahorse


Materials used: pinion pine and utility wire

Dimentions: 27″ x 70″

  • Beetle Kill Pine Table

Beetle Kill Pine Table

Lately, I’ve been utilizing our local resource of lodgepole pine that was killed by pine beetles in our region. Here is a photo I took in my studio of the “Beetle Kill Pine Table.”

Michael Russell has been making custom furniture for forty years.

"Mid-Century Modern, Post Modern, and Scandinavian Styles have been used to describe the look of my furniture. I like to think of it having elements of those designs; but with an organic and sometimes a whimsical twist."

- Michael Russell