In a world where quality is so often sacrificed in the name of speed, Russell Fong’s dedication to delivering nothing short of perfection is a breath of fresh air. His years of practical experience under some of the biggest names in custom design and as a successful independent luthier have allowed him to hone his skills in handmade artistry, specifically within wood construction from scratch. Now a fine woodworker and gate builder, Russell works out of his own shop in Northern California, designing one-of-a-kind outdoor pieces that combine his clients’ ideas with his own aesthetic.
The story of how Russell became a leading artisan gate builder in the Bay Area begins all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in London, where he was a young artist chosen to study at the prestigious London College of Furniture. Known for combining the history of superior British craftsmanship with innovative trends in instrument-making, woodworking, and other creative handmade arts, it has been home to some of the most respected artists and instructors in the industry. During his time there, Russell’s work with esteemed luthiers Herbert Schwarz and Michael Gee inspired him to learn custom guitar design, a field he has made his own for almost three decades.
Over the years, a unique point of view, impeccable attention to detail and flawless craftsmanship have earned Russell Fong guitars praise from scores of players, both amateur and professional. The Cocteau Twins, Richard Chapman and Paul Gregory are just some of the many names on his extensive client list. Currently settled in the Bay Area with his family and private workspace, Russell brings that same passion for old-world woodworking paired with modern sensibility to his growing small business as exterior designer and artisan gate builder.
Being a gate builder with an artistic background, he is able to elevate outdoor design from the mundane to the extraordinary by drafting cohesive pieces that work seamlessly with the home’s exterior and its natural environment. At once classic and contemporary, playful and sophisticated, bold and effortlessly elegant, his aesthetic transcends any one style, creating a unique look you won’t find in any neighborhood store.
Having worked with Russell for many years, we have great admiration for his continued commitment to his profession and the happiness of his clients. Located on the Peninsula in Silicon Valley, he serves Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Burlingame, San Mateo and Redwood City.