Mark Sfirri | Rocket Odyssey

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Mark Sfirri | Rocket Odyssey
Mark Sfirri, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Rocket Odyssey, 2001
Maple, paint
19 x 9 x 9 inches | 48.26 x 22.86 x 22.86 cm

This piece was designed for an exhibition in 2001. It seemed appropriate to design something space related so here is a rocket about to blast off from the cheese surface of the moon. The rocket itself is one piece of wood that’s been carved to create the three fins and rocket exhaust.

Mark Sfirri received his BFA and MFA in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. He works mostly in wood and incorporates lathe-turned forms, often turned on multiple axes, in his work. He has lectured and demonstrated his techniques throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Australia, New Zealand. His work is included in the permanent collections of twenty-eight public institutions.

Sfirri is professor emeritus at 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, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Collectors of Wood Art.