Largely self-taught, Del Stubbs studied woodturning with Peter English in Oregon from 1974 to 1975. He fine-tuned his skill by creating miniature and microminiature turnings, including a set of nesting eggs (in the collection of the American Art Museum) that open to reveal a tiny goblet, which is only 1/32 of an inch tall (about the width of a penny). Stubbs is well known for his vases, bowls, and inlaid boxes, but he has also practiced Irish and South American flute making. No matter what he is working on, he always strives to make his objects useful. Today, Stubbs lives in Minnesota, where he makes woodcarving supplies and Scandinavian knives with turned wood handles.