Game Hunting in North America

October 10 - 15, 2021

Mark Sfirri  ·

Workshop at a glance

Experience woodturning, carving, and creativity on your part to come up with a trophy of the one that almost got away. This class is best suited for intermediate-to-advanced students.


  • Multi-axis spindle turning on the lathe
  • Carving, texturing, and finishing
  • Working with the animal figure


  • Maple or cherry wood
  • Turning and roughing gouges


  • Skill with multi-axis spindle turning
  • Shaping and crafting techniques
  • Creating animal heads and a support piece for display

Artist Bio

Mark Sfirri is professor emeritus from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania where he managed the Fine Woodworking Program from 1981 to 2017. As a furniture maker and sculptor, he incorporates multi-axis turned forms in his work. He has demonstrated his techniques worldwide. In 2010, Sfirri received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Renwick Alliance and in 2012 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art.
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Workshop Description

Ever lament the fact that the big game animal that you really wanted got away? Here is your opportunity to recapture that moment and take home a trophy to hang above the fireplace and tell stories about your big adventure. Students will create wooden animal heads that are naturally finished, textured, and painted. The workshop will focus on multi-axis spindle turning and includes carving, texturing, and finishing to create a seamless illusion of being an animated creature. Students will learn layout, turning techniques, and sharpening as they pertain to multi-axis spindle turning. You will also make a support piece for your creation so that when you leave it will be wall ready to hang. Open to all skill levels, however previous turning and/or carving experience is preferred.

COURSE FEE: $800  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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