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Russell Dawson, Stonemason


Russell Dawson stone stairway by Russell Dawson

Russell Dawson, a stonemason from Murray, uses sandstone to create fireplaces, patios, walls, benches, and custom homes. Some of his works take years to accomplish. He chooses stones of different thicknesses, then intricately shapes and positions each rock to create a functional work of art.

Dawson found his calling in the early 1970s when he walked by a bank in Buffalo, Wyoming and admired the stonework. He already had a background in art, but the bank building inspired him to teach himself the trade of stonemasonry. Today he is well-known and recognized for his work far beyond the Western Kentucky hills he calls home.


Program 701

A visit to Owensboro to watch the international touring company of 42nd Street prepare for its Tokyo opening, Murray stonemason Russell Dawson, and the soulful sounds of Louisville band the Big Diggity. (#701)

Program 709

A visit to Owensboro to watch the international touring company of 42nd Street prepare for its Tokyo opening, Murray stonemason Russell Dawson, and the soulful sounds of Louisville band the Big Diggity. (#709)

Program 805

A visit with farmer, weaver, and photographer Dobree Adams, stone mason Russell Dawson, and ceramic artist Michael Frasca. Traditional Indian music featuring singer Rrucha Bapat and tabla drummer Vinayak Ashtekar, and a performance from John Mann. (#805)





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