Nubby Baseball Ball by Mark Sfirri

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Nubby Baseball Ball by Mark Sfirri
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Mark Sfirri
New Hope, Pennsylvania

Nubby Baseball Ball
2.25" x 2.25" x 11"

Artist's Note

My "Rejects from the Bat Factory" series began when my young son pressed me to turn a bat for him that had a hollow in the end, as he had seen on a close up shot of a player on TV. I was reluctant to do it as I was busy but he said "Dad! You have a lathe and you have the wood, make me a bat!" Pretty compelling from your six-year old. So I made it and afterwards thought that it is such a wonderful, totally functional form that could provide a good blank canvas for multi-axis forms that I was beginning to explore. That was the start of a series that continues for twenty-three years now.

About Mark Sfirri

Mark Sfirri is well-known in the woodturning world for his brain-bending multi-axis work, and for the humor he brings to both presentations and his artwork. Trained as an artist, woodworker, furniture maker and industrial designer, Mark is also an academic, with a particular interest in the Studio Furniture Movement and the work of Wharton Esherick.

A well-respected artist, Mark's work is in over two dozen museum collections, including those of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Arts & Design, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art. Mark has been recognized for his art and his teaching, and is the recipient of the Collectors of Wood Art Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Renwick, among others.

A dedicated educator, Mark has run the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania since 1981. He lectures and demonstrates woodturning and woodworking design and techniques throughout the US, Canada, France, Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia.