Multi-axis Spindle Turning

Mark Sfirri
September 24-28

Explore multi-axis turning with a master. Mark shares his expansive knowledge of tools, materials, and techniques for turning innovative forms on multiple axes. Participants learn the best grinds for their gouges, helpful approaches to design, how to get good results with an interrupted cut, and loads of other skills applicable to both straight and multi-axis spindle turning.

Mark demonstrates how to turn, carve, and shape his signature forms, including baseball bats, candlesticks, animal heads, table legs, and human figures. Based on these, each student makes a series of projects in poplar with Mark’s one-on-one guidance. Most of the lathe work is done between centers with the ½” detail gouge, 5/8” bowl gouge, and 1¼” roughing gouge. 

Mark Sfirri ran the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA, for 36 years, retiring in 2017. In 2010 he received the “Distinguished Educator Award” from the Renwick Alliance of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institutions and, in 2012, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Collectors of Wood Art. His work is included in 27 public collections including those of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), the Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA).

Open to intermediate turners.


Tuition: $785

 Sfirri CA ASH TIPPY PRETippy Candlestick by Mark Sfirri, ash (3½”x3½”x12”), 2014

 Sfirri 2017 BA EXOTICS 06 LOExotic Rejects from the Bat Factory by Mark Sfirri, wenge, teak, boxwood, purpleheart, and curly maple (21½"x4¾"x36¼"), 2006