|Chris Schwarz - Lost Art Press|
Christopher Schwarz (the long-time editor and now contributing editor to Popular Woodworking) has been writing this woodworking blog continually since 2005. He covers the world of hand work, plus he writes about building furniture, visiting tool makers, and his travels. Long a woodworker of traditional techniques, Schwarz is dedicated to restoring the fine hand woodworking skills that have slowly disappeared from woodshops in the latter half of the 20th century. He is a firm believer in the role traditional tools play in the modern shop.
NOTE - Chris will only be at the show on the Saturday.
|Lie-Nielsen Toolworks - Deneb Puchalski|
We welcome Deneb Puchalski back to the European Woodworking Show this year and the UK for a second time this year. If you have missed him at the other venues when he was in the UK earlier this year come along and see him demonstrating their fabulous range of woodworking tools in September.
|Veritas - Vic Tesolin|
Vic Tesolin, Technical Advisor and one of Veritas' top demonstrators will be at the show for the first time this year. His first trip to the UK!
After leaving the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Vic studied furniture making and design at Rosewood Studios in North America where he also went on to become a part time instructor and craftsman-in-residence while running his own studio furniture business. He is currently the Technical Advisor at Lee Valley and Veritas Tools, where he works alongside designers in the development of new products, creates online videos of Veritas tools and teaches woodworking techniques to staff and customers.
Veritas Youtube clips
|Auriou Toolworks - Michel Auriou|
Michel Auriou will be back with us again this year demonstrating the world famous Auriou Rasps.
From here the exhibitors are in alphabetical order
|Anna's Beautiful Hand Carved Spoons|
Anna Casserley is a professional carver who makes wooden spoons and other wooden domestic wear from locally soused green wood and following in a family legacy of Craft.
Using traditional tools and techniques Anna hand carves functional and beautiful spoons that are a joy to use.
|The Association of Wood turners of Great Britain|
The AWGB will have a display of demonstration pieces with them and will be running their clinic again this year.
|The Austrian Woodcarving School|
The Austrian Woodcarving School, situated in the beautiful Tyrol, runs bi-lingual courses throughout the year. The school will be represented by Norfolk based carver David Andrews.
David will be able to give you detailed information about the schools programme which is extensive and caters for complete beginners through to advanced carvers in a variety of woodcarving skills.
"This is a great place - I have been there recently and can vouch for it myself" Peter Berry
|Bob Neill - Pyrography|
Bob works from his workshop in Ashton on Trent, south of Derby. He has been involved in art & craft all his life. He studied at the normal college- Bangor, Cardiff College of Art, Birmingham University and Trent University - Nottingham.
By the late 70's he had become part of the pyrographic revival - a traditional craft practiced for many years in South America, Africa, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe.
Bobs decorated turned work developed through his many contacts on the 'craft fair' circuit during the early 80's and his teaching at craft supplies.
Bob will be demonstrating and offering a pyrography workshop throughout the show, no need to book ahead.
Mini thrones are a speciality from Branchline. They will also be demonstrating rustic chair making following the suggestions given by the wood.
Brian Walsh is a versatile craftsman who makes his living from his woodworking skills. Adept at many facets of woodworking and an accomplished woodcarver Brian will be demonstrating joint making using japanese saws in the marquee.
|The British Woodcarvers Association|
The Association exists to advance and promote the art and craft of Woodcarving in all its forms and to encourage the exchange of ideas between members.
Members of the very active Essex Division of the BWA will be displaying their carvings and will be available to talk to you to you about the BWA. Some of them will even be carving!
|Chaplin Oak - Timber Framing|
Gary designs and constructs traditional timber frame buildings, using techniques similar to those used in the middle ages. New 'green oak' style timber framing is a hugely versatile form of construction and can be creatively employed in either a contemporary or classic styles.
He will be using some of the day-to-day techniques used in a typical 'lay-up' process and will have a completed tool shed sized frame available for purchase at the end of the weekend.
|Chelmer Valley Woodturners|
Woodturning demonstration & display of work by the Chelmer Valley Woodturners - a group allied to AWGB, who meet in Chelmsford on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please see www.chelmerwood.co.uk for details of our friendly club.
|Chelmsford Marquetry Group|
Affiliated to the Marquetry Society of Great Britain, the Chelmsford Marquetry Group was formed in 1984 and has become one of the most successful clubs in the country
We have around 60 members and 30-40 attend our weekly meetings. Members are all ages and are both male and female They range from complete beginners to experts who are top prize-winners in National Marquetry shows. More experienced members regularly demonstrate different techniques and are always available to give help and advice.
We can supply all marquetry needs including a wide selection of veneers that are available at modest cost.
Meetings are held every Thursday at Longmeads House, Redwood Drive, (off Ongar Road), Writtle, between 7pm 10p.m (Come when you can leave when you like). Disabled access available and free parking for all in the grounds. New members are always welcome.
Ben Crowe, luthier-in-charge at Crimson Guitars, will be demonstrating some basic guitar building techniques for you. Ben started out by trying to be a musician but quickly realised that creating a tangible object to last the years was more to his liking. Six years messing around with repairing small stringed and woodwind instruments while continuing to formally study music in South Africa and the UK set the dye and he went back to school. West Dean College is the foremost institution for learning how to build early stringed musical instruments and after two years building viola da gambas and other instruments in the violin family Ben set up a small workshop in his garage building solid body guitars. A passion was re-born here that had been lost trying to replicate the work of those long dead Cremonese violin makers and Crimson Guitars was eventually born in 2005. Over a decade has passed and he has now built in excess of 130 boutique electric and acoustic guitars and basses.
Building instruments for such luminaries as Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp) has honed his skills and the Crimson range has developed to encompass all facets of the modern guitar and bass. Each instrument he creates is entirely built by hand, with just a few power tools and a lot of dust, he believes in pushing the boundaries with every process and now also creates a range of custom pickups and even one-off pieces of guitar hardware, from 8 or 10 string tuning systems to ball bearing tremolos!
Dave Johnson is a professional woodsculptor, creating commissioned and speculative wood sculpture in the UK. Dave will be demonstrating the King Arthur range of tools at the show.
|Dave Wilkins - Stickmaker|
Dave Wilkins has been making walking sticks for over the past twenty years. He is a member of the British Stickmakers Guild, and has sucessfully competed in competitions run by that organisation. He has also had articles published by GMC Publications. He is retired, and sells his sticks at country fairs, as well as teaching stickmaking at Adult Education classes.
Dylan Pym is a maker with a passion for English hardwoods from which he creates beautifully crafted and highly original furniture. All his wood comes from the thinning and maintenance of local woods and hedgerows, most of it sourced from within a 20 mile radius of his workplace in the East of England. Dylan also conducts workshops on the technique of steam bending and gives advice on tree planting.
Dylan will be give talks throughout the day on English Timbers and yes, he started his working life as a shepherd. He's a fascinating man.
|Easton & Otley College|
Easton and Otley College are delighted to be demonstrating at this years European Woodworking Show. Their Arboriculture students will be showing you the hard work that goes into the climbing and pruning of large trees and also how timber can be processed using an Alaskan sawmill. If you are interested in any of their courses (including the 10 week Tree Surgery course, 1 year-long Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, or 2 year-long Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture), please speak to a member of the team or pick up a prospectus. They are looking forward to meeting you!
Fiona Kingdon makes unique scrollwork suggested by the wood she finds, the landscapes she loves, their inhabitants, and their stories.
She lives in land locked Northamptonshire, but with Cornish and Shetlandic roots she treasures trees, open spaces and most of all the sea.
She studied Industrial Design, Craftsmanship and Furniture Restoration in the 90s, but putting her creativity aside for a few years, she dedicated time to family and supporting with young people with behavioural difficulties, but couldnt be kept from making chairs, guitars and custom cajon drums as a side line.
She depicts landscapes and ideas through intricate scrollwork cut in reclaimed and native timbers exploring what imagery the timber offers up, or simply weaving the beauty of the wood into her designs. She also loves to use veneers to create sculptural lighting inspired by natural forms.
In her first year she was pleased to be accepted as a member of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsman and has work exhibited in several galleries countrywide.
She has the wood bug, always has a project simmering, and needs to create beautiful things.
|Gerald Adams - Woodcarver|
Gerald will be at this years European Woodworking Show for the first time.
We stock all the Pfeil carving tools that Gerald is using in this video.
We will bring our stock of Pfeil carving tools (the biggest stock in the UK) to the European Woodworking Show but please give us a call on 01473 784983 to reserve your carving tools for collection at the show if you are worried that we may run out.
Youtube film on making a Scallop, please click here
Kiwi Graeme Priddle brings his enthusiasm and infectious love of all things wood to the 5th European Woodworking Show.
Graeme Priddle has over 20 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, U.S.A and Canada.
He is very active in the wood turning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavours. He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand CollaboratioNZ Conferences in 1998.
Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world. Major influences in his designs come from his natural surroundings, especially the sea and coastal environments, dreams and life experiences.
|Hawthorn Heavy Horses|
Hawthorn Heavy Horses is a family run business based in Essex that specialises in using heavy horses for woodland and land management, using a combination of traditional and modern techniques.
They provide a wide range of environmentally sensitive services to land managers across East Anglia using rare breed Suffolk Punch Horses.
Specialising in working on SSSIs and sites where the use of vehicles is unsuitable due to ground conditions or the proximity to people or wildlife.
Their services include timber extraction, bracken/bramble control, seedbed scarification, harrowing, grass cutting and meadow management. In addition they can provide habitat management advice and timber felling/coppicing with NPTC qualified operators. Firewood is available to buy loose or bagged.
Bespoke furniture and useful things made from sustainable hardwoods. Henk has been managing woodlands and designing items for people to sit on, look at, use and play with for over 35 years using traditional green wood and cabinet making techniques. Come and make something small yourself at his stand at the European Woodworking Show.
Janet is a printer/ bookbinder, she loves the feel of cutting lino and the results it produces. Having been printing for the last 15 years she has now chosen to handbind note sketch / books and cover them with coastal images that she has designed and printed on calico. Working from her studio overlooking fields, woods and the sea a mile away.
Mark's work ranges from decorative, functional bowls to vessels, hollow forms and more recently wall pieces. His work is motivated by the pursuit and exploration of line and form rather than an effort at an artistic statement. With the thin walled vessels he tries to achieve the purist possible curve. Then he carves away areas adding life and movement to each piece. This creative process has led from the vase like hollow vessels with exaggerated rims, which have become Mark's trademark pieces, to the more open sculptural forms.
"Delicate and with a difference" is how Mark's work has been described.
He is in demand as a demonstrator with recent work in New Zealand, Norway, Austria & Suffolk.
Mark has won awards at the National Eisteddfod and with the Worshipful Company of Turners.
|Michael Hudson - Clifton Planes|
Michael Hudson will be at this years show demonstrating the range of Clifton Planes.
Sheffield plane maker Clifton Tools will have the full range of Clifton woodworking products available at the show.
Woodturning artist Nick Agar's large-scale, multi-textured turned wood sculptures, created at his riverside studio and gallery in Devon, have earned him a reputation for producing highly individual, beautifully crafted art.
Nick has inspired many woodturners with his work and has traveled across the world to demonstrate his skills
With more than 23 years experience He has a great understanding of his medium . Choosing burrs and intriguing wind blown or dead timber for the majority of his work, - exposing natures treasures beneath the bark.
Inspired by organic forms, pottery, and his natural surroundings, he specialises in hollow forms , large diameter work, and surface enhancement .He is renowned for his wall sculptures in particular. His award-winning work often incorporates carving, weaving and metalwork.
In addition to exhibiting widely and appearing at international conferences both as a demonstrator and a judge, Nick is in constant demand for commissions from collectors, his wide range of clients including HRH Prince of Wales, Dukes, Duchesses and the Royal jewellers, Aspreys. He and his work have also featured on BBC and ITV lifestyle television programmes.
This is Nick's first time at The European Woodworking Show.
Nick is a guitar maker / repairer who has a workshop in nearby Bishops Stortford on the Hertfordshire / Essex border. He is also Course Leader and Senior Lecturer on the BSc Musical Instrument degree course at the London Metropolitan University in the Whitechapel area of London.
Nick will be demonstrating different guitar making techniques throughout the show. He will also have copies of his newly published book Acoustic Guitar Making: The Steel string Guitar which will be for sale at a special show price.
We welcome back Nic Westermann, Artist Blacksmith. Nic has been traditionally forging contemporary ironwork pieces since 1997. Nic's work distinctively synthesizes the fluid properties of hot forged iron with designs that capture the flowing, twisting forms that are abundant in nature.
He is particularly well known for his fine leaf work and attention to detail. Although he has recently been developing a range of green woodworking tools and are for sale here. The underlying aesthetic principle of all Nic's work, whether decorative or functional is that each piece should be beautiful to behold and pleasurable to handle.
Paul became a wood carver and sculptor late in life after service in the merchand navy.
Paul has been involved in woodturning with George Karon, Carving and Chairmaking with Jack Hill. Also with Jack he was a "Hands On" Assistant on his courses as well as joint tutor. Since 2005 he has been teaching woodcarving in his own right including at Bognor College. Some of you will know Paul as a regular contributor to Woodcarving magazine or as judge for the last two years for the UK Woodcarving Mag Competition. Lastly but by no means least Paul is a member of the "Flagship Project" creating articles from heritage material (genuine oak and copper) salvaged from HMS Victory.
Paul will be carving using Flexcut tools and demonstrating the Burnmaster Pyrography tools.
|Paul Hayden - Green Wood Courses|
Paul Hayden has been making Windsor Chairs from green wood for more than twenty years. He has been a regular contributor to Good Woodworking magazine and has designed chair making tools which are used by makers across the world.
While writing for Good Woodworking and representing them at shows and exhibitions he was often asked for help about some of the techniques specific to this sort of woodwork. These queries led him to set up a series of workshops on subjects such as steam bending, kiln drying, seat carving, making and using jigs, and making rounding planes. It was these workshops that became the Chair Making Courses he runs at Westonbirt Arboretum today.
|Peter Dibble - Willow Basket Maker|
Peter Dibble makes baskets which have both function and beauty. Peter mainly works with barked willows, which give the baskets a more natural look. He grows a lot of the willow himself which enables him to see the process through from start to finish. Peter is from Norwich, England. He was trained by his father-in-law Will Berry, a well respected Suffolk basketmaker, now retired..
Peter will be demonstrating willow basketmaking during the show and will have a wide selection of baskets for sale. Commissions are always welcome.
Peter will be well known to readers of Woodcarving Magazine, which regularly features his informative and instructive articles on the carving of country folk, distinguished by their charm and depth of character. A Yorkshireman born and bred, Peter derives much of his inspiration for his characters from his own northern background.
His work is hallmarked by the depth of research conducted into his subjects, as well as his distinguished carving style. Peter likes to bring a simple and uncomplicated approach to all aspects of his work and tuition. He has taught and demonstrated in a variety of situations and is a firm believer that, with the right combination of the three Ts TIMBER, TOOLS and TUITION even real novices in the craft are often capable of producing a great deal more than they might suppose.
Peter will be demonstrating Flexcut tools.
|Peter Tree - Chairmaker|
Peter Tree has over 25 years experience making chairs. He has an extensive knowledge of English timbers and furniture making techniques. Peter Tree is widely recognised as one of England's leading chair makers.
Come and quiz Peter on all aspects of chair making as he demonstrates shaping a chair seat with an adze. Peter may also have some of his chairs for sale so make sure you bring plenty of chair making buying tokens!
Peter Tree Chairs
Phil Edwards is the craftsman behind Philly Planes, who are reviving the lost art of the wooden plane making in the UK. As a woodworker with a passion for hand tools, planes in particular, it was inevitable that he would end up making them himself. From his workshop in Broadstone, Dorset he makes each individual plane by hand. His work has been published in various UK woodworking magazines and he will be attending shows around the country demonstrating the use of his planes.
We welcome Lenka Pavlickova back to the show. Lenka offers marionettes and glove puppets which she has skilfully hand-carved from linden wood. They are then preserved in bees wax before she hand paints them herself in transparent oil paint which keeps the character of the wood.
Don't forget to check out the competition to name one of Lenka's Marionettes.
|Rachel Huggett - Sculptor|
Rachel Huggett is a sculptor and community artist who works mainly in stone and wood. She does commission work for borough councils, schools and public places that are sited across the country. In Italy, where she lived for many years, she was fascinated to explore working with various types of marble, travertine and other indigenous stone which were supplied in abundance at her art college. Her main influences are nature and the human body. She enjoys working with hand tools as well as trying out power tools. Come and have a go at stone carving with Rachel at the Auriou stand.
Come and see how Irish Frame Drums also known as Bodhran drums are made. We welcome back Mog, one of England's leading drum makers to this years show.
Whilst he will be making drums all weekend expect to see him at the following times making;
11am Preparing and assembling drum frames
2.30pm Shaping, planning and routering profiles on drum shells.
11am Finishing and decorating drum shells. Applying goat skins to finished shells.
3pm Come and see how these beautiful hand crafted instruments sound and have a go yourself!
|Richard Arnold - 18th Century Moulding Techniques|
Richard Arnold is a joiner, and cabinet maker with a passionate interest in early wooden planes, and associated tools. He is keen to keep traditional skills alive, and demonstrates how old wooden planes were used, and actively encourages fellow woodworkers to embrace the idea of not just collecting old planes, but also to use them in the modern workshop. Richard is always happy to give advice on old woodworking tools, so if you want to bring anything along to the show that you want some advice on, he will be on hand to give you any help he can.
Sandon Woodturners will be demonstrating throughout the weekend. A local group based near Chelmsford, we welcome to the show for the first time.
Simon Clements wood carver and sculptor specializing in: bespoke carving commissions, community based sculptural projects and themed installations, and woodcarving tuition for individuals and groups in England and in Greece. Why not come along and try a carving taster session at the show and find out about a carving holiday on the sunny island of Lefkada in Greece.
Steve Woodley is a Forester, Arborist and green woodworker based in Essex. Whilst running his own forestry training business his is also extremely committed to keeping old timber skills alive. Working almost exclusively with Gransfor Bruks axes supplied by Classic Hand Tools Steve is the Hand Crafted Timber company specialising in timber conversion using medieval techniques. Keen to educate the public about this all but lost art form Steve can be seen regularly giving public displays of timber hewing throughout the southeast of England.
|Tools and Trades History Society - TATHS|
TATHS will be sharing their knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades and people who used them. The tools and equipment of traditional historic trades are now often the only surviving evidence of what were once common everyday activies. Come and chat to their members to find out more.
|The Rocking Horse Shop|
Anthony Dew started designing and making wooden rocking horses back in 1976, and he and his team now have unrivalled experience of the craft. Every horse is a hand crafted individual; ready-to-ride horses are available from stock, or you can commission a 'Special', made to your own preferred size and style.
|Tim Atkins - Chainsaw Carver|
Tim is a very experienced and successful chainaw carver based in East Anglia. Tim will be demonstrating his skills, discusing possible commissions and will have a variety of his sculptures for sale at the show.
|Westover Woodlands - Arboriculture and Sylviculture|
Stephen Westover BSc(Hons), Dip.Arb.(R.F.S.) M.Arbor.A.
Stephen is a sylvicultural and arboricultural consultant and contractor, specialising in countryside management, and particularly the small-scale management of ancient semi-natural woodland. With a lifelong interest in nature and the countryside, he studied for a degree in Rural Environment Studies, and worked for 24 years for Essex County Council in the Countryside Section, eventually leading the Arboricultural Team in the management of the County Council tree and woodland resource. He left to set up his own business in January 2004.
Becky Westover ND (Countryside Studies), BA (Hons).
Becky, having worked with local tree surgery firms, at an outdoor education centre in old growth temperate rain forest in Oregon, U.S.A., and in a rural community on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, has joined her father's business.
Both Stephen & Becky will be demonstrating various traditional methods of working wood.