Rick Cook

705 Oregon Street, Port Orford, Oregon

P.O. Box 871, Port Orford, Oregon 97465





Artist Bio and Statement


  My artistic journey got it’s start while living in Laguna Beach, California in the 1960's. I was fortunate to know and learn from Fred Rash Sr., an oil and watercolor painter and gallery owner. I painted part time, mostly watercolors, some oils and pastels.

  After moving to Elmira, Oregon in 1970, I developed a student-mentor relationship with Jan Zach, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Oregon. I spent time with and helped Jan at his studio there in Elmira. He gave me a new vision and a restlessness. I found a need to create. In 1975 I picked up a copy of Fine Woodworking and found my direction.

   I began in earnest my woodworking way of life after moving to Port Orford, Oregon in 1976. I apprenticed with cabinet maker and master woodworker Tracy Hasset, two years later accepting a position at the Wooden Nickel, Tracy’s new Myrtlewood shop. The work was grueling, mundane and repetitious. At times I could have screamed aloud over the boring routine. I stuck it out however, becoming an experienced woodworker. I cut my teeth, so to speak on a most difficult wood to work. In 1980 I left the Wooden Nickel and set up shop at my current location in Port Orford.

  I enjoy my craft and after all these years, I still get a rush when a piece is ready for finish. I approach a new design much like a painter or sculptor would approach a new work, except my work is fully functional. I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing my furniture is being used in homes across the country.



"Crafts Now 81" Juried, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon 1981

"Wood Craft Artisans of Port Orford, Oregon", Humbug Mountain Committee (Port Orford Arts Council) Exhibition, Heads Wayside State Park, Port Orford, Oregon 1982

"Invitational Functional Craft Exhibition" Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon 1983

"For the Home, Craft Exhibition" Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon 1989

"Wood Works" Invitational, Signature Gallery, San Diego, California 1990

"Artisans Show Case" Invitational, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon 1991

Two Person Show, Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon 1996

“Artisan Show Case”, Invitational, Coos Art Museum. Coos Bay, Oregon 1997“Wood and Fiber Show”

Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, Oregon, Dec/Jan, 2006/07



Articles and Photos Published about Rick Cook

Oregon Advocates for the Arts, Oregon Arts Week Poster, Photo of My Work Featured, 1989

Woodworker West Magazine, Los Angeles, California, May-June 1996

Woodworker West Magazine, Los Angeles, California, May-June 1999

Esquire Magazine, Art of Living, Tokyo, Japan, March 2002

Independent Sawmill and Woodlot Management Magazine, Belfast, Maine, July 2011

Various local and regional news papers and publications



Second Street Gallery, Bandon Oregon

Northwest Collectors Gallery, Bandon, Oregon

Seaborne Gallery, North Bend, Oregon

Made in Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Cogley Art Center, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Signature Gallery, San Diego, California



The Cook Gallery, Port Orford, Oregon



Port Orford Arts Council, 1981-2001 Served as President, Vice President, Treasure and Board Member at Large

Director - Port Orford Arts Festival, 1989-1996

Managing Editor "Artscape" Literary Magazine, 1990-1991

Wood Shop Instructor, South West Oregon Community College, 1998-2001

Wood Working Judge, Coos County Fair, 2000-2006



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