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2012 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,


2012 American Association Of Woodturners. “Turning Of The Week,” February 27th 2012.

2011 American Association Of Woodturners. “Turning Of The Week,” July 11th 2011.


2011 1st Place, "Fine Crafts", River Art Group Annual Show.

2010 1st Place, "Fine Crafts", River Art Group Annual Show.


Alan Trout and his Tobin Hill Turning Studio reside in the historic Tobin Hill neighborhood on the north end of downtown San Antonio, Texas.  It is an eclectic neighborhood with a growing art community that helps feed Alan's creativity.  His works are woodturnings, but with a surprise element:  resins are cast into wood burls, root balls, and other found organic material to create what he likes to call "Syntho-Organic Forms.” These techniques and style are unique to Alan's work.


Coming from a machine tool background, woodturning was a natural way to express my artistic side.  When I first saw a book of fine turned vessels, I knew turning was what I wanted to do.  It took a couple of years before I could get a lathe and start on my journey into the craft.  Being self-taught, I had to first gain enough tool skills to express what I saw in my mind, and with time, I have developed techniques advanced enough to express what I imagine.

My interest in art started in high school.  We have all had those teachers that make a significant impact on our lives, and my art teacher was one of those.  She was a very nurturing teacher and was your friend and mentor, but still able to keep you in line.  She taught us the basics of proportion and color, and encouraged us to experiment in different media and explore our interests.  She led many of her students to several scholastic art awards, and is still involved in many of her former student's lives.  She has always been a huge influence on how I approach my work and I am honored to call her a friend.

I really enjoy looking at what other artists and turners do, and I learn from all of them.  What influences my work more than anything is my daily environment.  My family, the places I go, the things I see, my childhood…all have a significant impact on the work I produce.  Something as simple as the shape of a piece of fine crystal or the organic shapes I see along a nature trail have an impact on my creative process.

I tend to use simple, flowing lines in my "Syntho-Organic" pieces. The visual textures created by the blend of the colored resin and organic materials are striking on their own and, in my opinion, are best when incorporated into simple forms with good proportions.

I pour a little piece of myself into everything that I make.  Nothing makes me happier than when others get enjoyment out of what I create.

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