The 2022 "AAW Presents" virtual series is generously supported by Robust.

Live Online Event

AAW Presents: Mark Sfirri
Design Approaches for Woodturning

Saturday, January 22, 2022
3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Join us online for an intriguing presentation by Mark Sfirri, who will explore woodturning design and offer suggestions to expand the scope of your work and make it more reflective of your own personality and interests. (This is an informative and inspiring presentation and not a demonstration.)


In his own work, Mark uses a wide variety of techniques, including multi-axis turning, carving, and surface design, to create the components he incorporates into furniture, as well as the stand-alone objects he turns.

In this presentation, Mark will discuss the inspirations for his designs and the importance of changing directions, as well as the work and influences of other makers. He’ll share stories about collaborations and the lessons he learned from those experiences. Key takeaways from this session include:

  • Ability to think more creatively about the objects that you want to make.
  • Understand methods to research and educate yourself about design.
  • Know ways to use turning for personal expression.

(This is an informative and inspiring presentation and not a woodturning demonstration.)


  • $10 AAW members, $15 all others
  • Preregistration required. Replay will be available to registered attendees only.

Registration Notes

  • All experience levels are welcome.
  • The presentation is expected to last approximately 120 minutes.
  • Registration is open through through Friday, January 21, at noon Eastern Time.

Confirmation/Receipt and Event Link

  • After registering, you will receive a receipt/confirmation by email.
  • A link to the event will be sent by email approximately 24-hours prior to the event. Day-of registration links will be sent immediately prior to the event.


  • Advance registration includes online replay of the event. The replay will be available to registered attendees through February 13. Registered attendees will be provided a link via email when the replay is available for viewing. 


About Mark Sfirri

Mark Sfirri received his MFA in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. He is a furniture maker and sculptor who incorporates lathe-turned forms, often turned on multiple axes, in his work. He has demonstrated his techniques throughout North America and Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand and most recently Norway. His work is included in twenty-eight public collections. He has maintained a regular exhibition schedule and participated in over 300 exhibitions. He has written 18 articles about art and design, and has curated or juried 28 exhibitions. Mark is professor emeritus from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania where he ran the Fine Woodworking Program from 1981 to 2017. He has received two national awards: the “Distinguished Educator Award” in 2010 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.