Mark Sfirri Demo - 20 April 2019 Meeting

Post date: Mar 25, 2019 11:35:41 PM

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday, April 20 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall starting at 9 am.

There will be a $5 charge for members and guests.

Our speaker and demonstrator this month is Mark Sfirri.

Mark Sfirri’s specialty is multi-axis turning. He works without any special chucks, just

between centers. He has made candlesticks, bowling pins, baseball bats, human figural

forms, furniture parts and many other objects using these methods for over twenty years.

He will demonstrate some of these techniques and the ideas behind them. Mark was

awarded a Distinguished Educator Award 2010 from the Renwick and received the

Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the Collectors of Wood Art. He ran the Fine

Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown,

Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2017.

There is a short, four-minute, Youtube video that is useful to gain some understanding of

Sfirri’s work and methods:

Here is another four-minute video of a large turned sculpture made in 2014:

A lecture on woodworker Wharton Esherick, founder of theAmerican studio

furniture. Lecture was presented at World Wood Day, Long Beach, CA in 2017.