Meet Russel!

Russel Watsky is an independent roofing consultant providing unbiased roofing advice for private homes, commercial buildings, churches, and historic structures. He is not affiliated with any roofing contracting company, supplier, or manufacturer.

Russel Watsky doing finishing work on a portion of the new copper roof.West End Ave 1980

Russ began roofing in 1963, working during school vacations for Julius Watsky, Inc. -the roofing company founded by his grandfather in 1917. The company was highly regarded for traditional flat roofing and quality copper work. This provided the benefit of learning from some highly skilled tradesmen includeding a slater who was 80 years old when Russ spent the summer working with him.

‍Russ' grandfather
Russ' uncles

Russ joined Westal Contracting and became President in 1993, and here, he advanced the company's reputation as a leader in historic roofing, and commercial flat roofing. He worked extensively with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also worked at Ellis Island with New York Landmarks Conservancy. He received a national award for restoration work at the Jay Mansion in Rye, NY. Russ left Westal in 2003 to work as a consultant.

Ellis Island‍
Jay Mansion Carriage House‍
‍President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument

Russ was awarded, by the New York Landmark Conservancy, the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award in 2014, for his work done on Bedford Park Congregational Church - a NYC Landmark.

Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award 2014

Russ is an original and active member of the National Slate Association. He is one of the authors of their book "Slate Roofs: Design and Installation Manual" published in 2010.

Slate Roofs Design and Installation Manual
National Slate Association Members - 2010

Russ served on Westchester County's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for 6 years, and continues as a member of the Westchester County Historical Society Preservation Committee.

Before working full-time in roofing, Russ spent the 1970's "messing around with boats". He built Periwinkle - a wood-hulled 30-ft gaff-headed ketch, and sailed to NY from Miami Florida to teach boat-carpentry and seamanship at South Street Seaport Museum.

Periwinkle (See video below)