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July 21 Coffee Hour featuring Al Stirt

Al Stirt, Bowl Maker

Al Stirt, bowl maker from Vermont, was the July guest star on Lancaster Woodturners Weekly Coffee Hour #112, July 21 2022. Check it here: Coffee Hours 111 – 120 – Lancaster Area Woodturners

Al’s personal statement from his website:

“I consider myself a “bowl maker” more than a wood turner because, although the turning process fascinates me, it is the resulting bowl that commands my interest.

From the earliest times bowls have had meanings for people beyond the purely utilitarian. The bowl as vessel has a resonance deep within the human psyche.

I have always thought of each piece that I make as a composition utilizing elements of pattern, line, weight, texture and form. Even in the most simple pieces I try to find a harmony of grain and shape.

I seek a balance in my work between the dynamic and the serene. By playing with the tension created by combining the circle’s perfection with the energy of pattern I am trying to make pieces that have life.

I use patterns, whether created by grain structure or organic fluting and carving or repeated geometric shapes, to develop harmony in each of my pieces. I find myself always looking for a new means of expression within the turned form.


Coming soon: The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium

Please join us on September 23rd – 25th  for our 2022 woodturning symposium in beautiful and historic downtown Lancaster, PA. This year we have added a Friday evening Meet the Demonstrators Session and a Women in Turning Meeting.

The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is a three-day opportunity to meet and learn from some of the world’s greatest turners. None of these professionals will be at the AAW Symposium in Chattanooga, so this is your opportunity to see them live and up close! Our symposium happens in Pennsylvania, entirely in the Lancaster Marriott, making it an easy location to socialize and stay.

Early registration until August 31st  tickets are $185.00. Regular price tickets cost $215.00 after September 1st.

Online registration closes Friday, September 16th.  Tickets can be purchased on-site.

For more information go to The Event | Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium (mawts.com)



The Lancaster Area Woodturners are now in hybrid mode, meeting online and in person at Kauffman Kitchens, 250 Commerce Dr, New Holland at 7:00pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of every month. Our Coffee Hour is meeting every Thursday at 10:00am Eastern for a provocative and entertaining hour of shared shop talk, humor and woodturning education. You can see previous Zoom Coffee Hours in the ‘Coffee Hour & Club Mtg Videos’ tab above.

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We’re also looking into sponsoring on-line expert demonstrations with live Q/A, by nationally recognized woodturning experts and artists. If you’d like to join us – even if you are not a member of LAW – just send a note in the ‘Comments’ section of this website and we’ll send you a link to our upcoming on-line events. If you’d like to join LAW, our annual dues are $30 – a great value as we provide endless resources to help you sharpen your woodturning skills. Check out our ‘About Us’ page for the LAW membership application, click on the download button below or send us a note through the ‘Comments’ section and we’ll email you more information on joining.

Located in beautiful Lancaster County, PA, in the heart of our nation’s original Amish Country, our members range from those just beginning to explore the world of woodturning to established professionals.

We find that with changing technology and new approaches there is always something to learn. There is usually someone in the club that has tried that new technique or is ready to show a new idea. Sitting next to you is probably someone that has tried that new tool or has the old school version in their shop.

Woodturners, you will find, are some of the most sharing craftspeople you will meet. Whether it is a piece of wood, a tool, or a technique, woodturners share their knowledge and work hard to preserve and promote the craft of woodturning.

We have members that have turned furniture pieces, architectural pieces, toys, treenware, segmented, art, utility, ornamental, and many many items just for fun. We turn on Oneway, Nova, Robust, Powermatic, Craftsman, Laguna, Jet, Stubby, and grandpa’s lathe.

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