Full Name: Alvin Schilling
Date Joined: 1996
Member Classification: Fellow since 2005
Alvin began woodworking in his father's shop as a child, making birdhouses, lamps, tables, etc. In 1992, he began turning bowls and in 1995, attended the John Campbell School on hollow vessel turning. Alvin is drawn to the beauty of the natural edge bowl as it retains more of the natural characteristics of the tree. Alvin's work with a large paper company allowed him to visit wood-turners and lather manufacturers all over North America. This has led to an excellent level of versatility and creativity in his bowls. Alvin has been a member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi since 1996.