James Russell and Amy Russell

Recorded April 20, 2008 Archived April 20, 2008 01:06:44
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Amy Russell interviews her father James Russell about his life as a carpenter.

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James remembers loving to work in the ‘dirtiest part of the steel mill’ where he grew up in Pennsylvania.
Jim talks about the masonry skills of his grandfather, who was a brilliant mason, even when drunk. He talks about his GF building a stone fireplace that still stands.
Jim talks about how his counseling degree helps him talk to his construction clients.
Jim recalls teaching shop class, how his supervisor reprimanded him for not wearing a tie (despite Jim’s working in a heavy machinery class). Next time the supervisor showed up, Jim was wearing a paper tie.


  • James Russell
  • Amy Russell