Robert Ellis grew up on a farm in South Central Kentucky. He was introduced to Kentucky woods working with his father to make tobacco sticks for farmers in the 1970s. At age 20 he enlisted in the US Air Force, and in 1988 started frequenting the on-base woodworking shop.
He made furniture for his home and in 1997 began making and selling Shaker-style furniture full-time. Several years later he read an article about cutting boards and decided to use some of the unique small pieces of wood he had stockpiled over the years.
He enjoyed the freedom of making cutting boards so much that they soon were his primary focus. Robert uses only woods native to Kentucky for his boards and enjoys laying out the wood, taking the time to create a beautiful combination.
Works by Robert Ellis can be found at Top Drawer Gallery, Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.