Alan Stirt has been a professional woodturner for almost 50 years. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian, the White House, the American Craft Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has demonstrated and taught woodturning and design in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada as well as throughout the U.S. He was the keynote demonstrator for the 2017 Association of Woodturners of South Africa symposium. In 1997, Al was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the American Association of Woodturners for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. In addition to his functional bowls and platters, for the last 25 years he has been making ceremonial objects to try to address emotional and spiritual needs.

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