Born in 1913 in Warren, Indiana, Bob Stocksdale is recognized as a pioneer of contemporary wood turning; his exquisite bowls revitalized the craft, laying a foundation for the aesthetic acceptance of lathe-turned art. He was gifted at releasing the intrinsic beauty hidden in a log or burl. His work was included in the American exhibit of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. His many honors include the American Association of Woodturners Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) and the Masters of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance (2003). Bob Stocksdale received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1995. He passed away in 2003.