Russell Baldon is the program chair of the Furniture Department at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He earned an MFA in furniture from San Diego State University. Russell was a partner in his family’s wooden toy making business for fifteen years in his early formative years growing up. While still making furniture and sculpture, he has recently begun to re-investigate these early endeavors looking for ways that toys reflect the current world in which we live.
Russell's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jul 19 - 23, 2021
Join us for a week of object-making, play and mechanics. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to create their own automata and mechanical pieces. The workshop explores a range of mechanisms that can be modeled and used to express increasingly complex ideas. Participants learn about the main components used in these types of objects, including bearings and shafts, cams and followers, cranks, linkages, ratchets, drives, gears and levers. “Playing” is fun, to be sure, but it is also important to our cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being and so this course takes its “fun” quite seriously.