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Turned and Carved Bowls and Platters

Alan Stirt
August 31 - September 4


This class focuses on making bowls and platters from both green and dry wood. Participants experiment with pure turned forms, as well as decorative processes such as carving, texturing, and coloring. Al encourages students to develop original work, acquire new techniques, and test design ideas.

Instruction covers the use of bowl gouges and sheer scrapers in turning open bowls and platters. Among other topics, Al addresses selection and cutting of wood; drying green wood bowls; carving on turnings; turning square platters; using textures created on and off the lathe; and using a sgraffito technique to create designs by painting the wood and cutting through to reveal a pattern.

Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. Al lives and works in Enosburg Falls, VT. His website is

Open to intermediate turners.

Tuition: $740

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