Alan Stirt

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Alan Stirt
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My work has always been concerned with exposing the invisible. My early pieces used simple forms to reveal the grain patterns of the wood - the interior structure of a tree. My recent work shares these concerns but also seeks to reveal patterns that resonate with my interior life.

Al Stirt is a self-taught, internationally recognized woodturner, who has been working with wood since 1970. He has traveled throughout the U.S. as well as England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, giving workshops in the art and craft of woodturning. His work is recognized in many public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum in New York and the White House Permanent Craft Collection in Washington, D.C. Below is a video featuring Al Sirt demonstrating his techniques for creating square and carved platters at the October 11, 2012 meeting of of North Carolina.

The following video comes from the Guild of NH Woodworkers and the Granite State Woodturners as they present a demonstration from the 5th New England Woodturning Symposium in May, 2006, held at Pinkerton Academy. This video is not "studio quality.” It was recorded under “shop conditions” with all the variables you might expect. And it was taped with a single camera, so the angle of view is not always perfect. Please enjoy this for what it is, and learn from the generous master craftspeople and experts who offered these presentations.

Turned, Textured and Carved Bowl, with Al Stirt from GNHW on Vimeo.

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Enosburg Falls