Bob Stocksdale, wood turner, was born in Warren, Indiana on May 25, 1913. This exhibition coincided with his 88th birthday which is an auspicious occasion in Japan and thus to his wife Kay Sekimachi. A self-taught wood turner, Stocksdale started woodworking in his youth, making baseball bats and honey dippers. He turned his first bowl while incarcerated in a conscientious objectors camp in 1943. Since that time he has turned more than 10,000 bowls. His many innovations in a wide repertoire of exotic woods have revitalized the craft of lathe-turned bowls and laid the foundation for the work of contemporary wood turners.

Stocksdale has exhibited widely in museums throughout the world, and his work is in the permanent collections of many museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum, New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh.

He has received numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the American Craft Council in 1995. He was named a fellow of the American Craft Council in 1978 and a California Living Treasure in 1985.

A catalog, BOB STOCKSDALE – EIGHTY-EIGHT TURNINGS – From the Collection of Forrest L. Merrill, published by the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, accompanied the exhibition.

Following the Members’ Reception for the exhibition on June 16, Signe Mayfield, Curator of the Palo Alto Art Center, presented an illustrated lecture, “Turning Point – Bob Stocksdale at 88.”

The film, “OUT OF THE WOODS – Woodturning by Three American Master Craftsmen: Bob Stocksdale, Rude Osolnik, Ed Moulthrop,” was played throughout the run of the exhibition.

Collection Source: Forrest L. Merrill

Upper Rotunda Gallery

Organized by the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum.


On View: Jun 17, 2001 - Nov 25, 2001

Curator: Theodore Cohen

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