We’ve got a great line-up of demonstrators for you during the Woodturning Weekender, all ready to impart their knowledge and inspire your turning! Meet our Headling Acts below…below…

Sunday Afternoon – Emma Cook.

Also known as The Tiny Turner, Emma is a hard working turner and carver who combines both of these passions into her exquisite creations.

At the age of 34, Emma is one of the youngest professional woodturners on the circuit, regularly providing clubs across the country with demonstration evenings and days; as well as attending various shows throughout the UK and in Europe.

Emma began woodturning at the age of 16 under the tuition of Tony Wilson, RPT; branching into carving around 8 years ago where she was fortunate enough to gain from as close an apprenticeship as possible with Master Carver Michael Painter. She now teaches beginner classes in both disciplines to try to pass on to others the knowledge she has gained over the years.

Emma enjoys both woodturning and carving equally, but her niche is in attempting to find ways to combine the two disciplines in order to inspire others to look ‘outside the box’ for inspiration.

Emma will be bringing her own twist on turning to the Weekender – not to be missed. You can read more about her and see examples of her work on her website www.thetinyturner.co.uk

Saturday Morning – Stewart Furini

Stewart started turning about ten years ago when he bought his first lathe from the Friday-Ad, a Record CL2 complete with tools and blanks. He turned enthusiastically to begin with but after eighteen months the enthusiasm waned. In 2013, though, he joined two Sussex-based woodturning clubs and his enthusiam was rekindled to the point where he won the Beginner section in one of the clubs.
While he has been turning regularly for the last five years, in the last year he has focused on using a range of colouring and texturing methods. This interest was sparked after buying a long-neck angle grinder, a second-hand texturing tool, and a growing collection of airbrushes.
He displayed and sold his work at the Brighton Artists Open Houses in 2016 and set up a website and started making YouTube videos.
He started demonstrating in 2017, drawing on his experiences as a secondary school teacher for 25 years, though Woodturning audiences are a very different beast to a classroom of 14 year olds!
For his demonstration he’ll be showing a range of colouring and texturing ideas, some of which need no special equipment to achieve.
Subscriptions to his YouTube channel have been steadily growing, and to find out more about Stewart, visit www.stewartfuriniwoodturning.co.uk

Saturday Afternoon – Phil Irons

Born in Australia, Phil was brought up with wood in the family, his father was a woodworker and antique restorer.
Phil’s first introduction to woodturning came at the age of 13 when his father acquired a cast iron child’s treadle lathe, made in the USA in the 1870’s.
He took it up as a serious hobby in his late 20’s and after a 6 year spell in the travel industry he took the decision to make it his profession. (1994)
His knowledge and appreciation of English timbers was initially gained from working as a tree surgeon/forester for several years. He has won numerous awards in national competitions and is regularly invited to teach and demonstrate his techniques nationally and at an international level, including, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand and the USA.
Phil is the author of several magazine articles and a best selling project book that has been translated into 9 languages.
He is best known for his coloured vessels and hollow forms with their clear, beautiful shapes and flowing lines, using contemporary coloured stains, dyes and lacquer to enhance the “hidden figure” in white woods. A lot of the timber is salvaged from tree surgeons and firewood merchants which often has no other commercial value other than as firewood.

Sunday Morning – Gary Lowe

After a slow start Gary started turning seriously in 2004 with the aid of many books, magazines and DVD’s and occasionally watching a more seasoned turner when the chance arose.
The majority of Timber used by Gary is sourced locally, either felled due to storm damage, disease, dangerous locations or due to construction etc.  He also uses exotic woods when more striking natural colours are needed and these come from suppliers who utilise timber from a sustainable source.

Gary does not have a dedicated style of turning and likes to turn anything from very small, delicate items to large and more rustic pieces.  When in the workshop he tends not to work from a plan, but maybe form a rough idea and while turning lets the particular piece of wood determine the finished design.
As the chair of the local woodturning club Gary is often seen passing on his knowledge, tips and sometimes secrets (although not all of them!) to all members whether they be a complete novice or one of the other more experienced members.

Gary was recently admitted onto the Register of Professional Turners and now gives demonstrations around the country in person and across the world via his popular YouTube channel. To get a preview of Gary’s work and style you can find his YouTube videos here.

Click here for the full demonstrator timetable.

There will be lots of other things going on during the weekend when the featured demonstrators aren’t on stage, more details to follow…