Ron Cook is a California born and bred artisan luthier and craftsman. He uses "green" methods and materials to create one-of-a-kind "sound sculptures", as well as medieval and Early American stringed instruments, carvings, and furnishings. He uses primarily recycled, salvaged and urban forest woods. He is particularly known for his detailed carvings and "tiled" methods of construction.
Ron exhibits 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 master member of the Baulines Craft Guild, a 30+ year member of the Guild of American Luthiers, a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, a member of the Santa Cruz Woodworkers, and a Santa Cruz County Open Studios artist. He also supports the National Music Museum and the American Musical Instrument Society.