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 35+ year member of the Guild of American Luthiers, an exhibitor and
member of the American Craft Council, a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, a
charter member of the Santa Cruz Woodworkers, and a Santa Cruz County Open
Studios artist for over a decade. He teaches wood carving at a local community
college, and also supports the National Music Museum.