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Artist Stirt, Alan
Title Fluted Bowl
Date 1985
Home Location Mezz., Library Counter
Material Butternut
Height (in) 7
Diameter (in) 20
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Donated by Albert and Tina LeCoff
Accession Number 2016.08.01.007G
Object ID Number 2016.
Object Number OBJ 1130
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Notes Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
Alan Stirt has explored various texturing techniques on his bowls since he began working on a production basis in the 1970ís. (see fig: production work) Gradually, as the field shifted towards one-of-a-kind pieces, he began to vary his work more and emphasize the unique character of each of his pieces of wood. Stirt received an extraordinary large and figured butternut log from fellow woodworker David Holzapfel (husband of Michelle Holzapfel--see figs. ), who challenged him to do something "special" with it. The result was Fluted Bowl, his largest piece to date. Though he normally used a hand chisel to flute his bowls, he decided to try using an air-powered chisel for the project. The new tool allowed him to execute the flutes more freely than he had previously. He also charted new terrain by leaving a wide border of unfluted wood around the rim of the bowl. The piece was unveiled at the 1985 Arrowmont conference in the exhibition "Woodturning: Vision & Concept."
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