Welcome to UKIWS 2017

Bigger, and better than UKIWS 2016, come and join us in Coventry
on 15th and 16th July 2017 for a huge weekend of social Woodturning!

Saturday at UKIWS '16
Saturday at UKIWS ’16
Hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry, the UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium is a large, friendly event centered solely around woodturning.
The 2016 event attracted over 700 guests across the weekend and had rave reviews and videos on social media.
This unique event has attracted worldwide attention and is growing in 2017 to be even bigger and better.

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What to expect at UKIWS 2017:
  • Entry to the purely woodturning event,
  • At least 5 Public Demonstrations by well known UK and Ireland turners both professional and some well known ‘social media’ turners,
  • Master Class from the professional demonstrators (ticketed separately)
  • Access to the trade area of the show’Up Close and Personal’ talks/workshops focussing on more intricate aspects of turning. eg Pyrography, metal leafing, piercing etc (exact disciplines to be confirmed)
  • A crowd of like minded woodturners, many you may know from social media
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Plenty of advice available from pros and trade stands
  • Discounted room rates at the hotel
  • Free parking at the hotel on the day/s you attend.

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UKIWS Demonstrators – Pat Carroll

In his own words :-

Working as a builder/carpenter I have always loved working with wood. In 2002 I took my first woodturning class and was very quickly hooked. Been keen to try every type of woodturning I found myself drawn to hollow forms. The sense of achievement from creating large forms made this a very enjoyable craft. With the influence of many great artists I am keen to explore the combination of texture and colour into my work today.

Beaded hollow form with finial

This project will demonstrate how to make a hollow form with basic tools. The form will be made in two piece and joined together, disguising the joint with beads. Using a beading tool the piece will be decorated with beads. A finial will be added to further enhance the piece.

Pat will be running his Masterclass on Sunday 16th July from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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UKIWS Demonstrators – Mike Waldt

One of YouTube’s favourite turners and inventor of the Coventry Goblet, Mike is closing the show at UKIWS this year.  You will not want to leave early and miss this one!

Mike started turning in 2011 and was one of the first turners in the UK to fully embrace YouTube as a way of helping others to learn this wonderful craft.  There are many turners around the world, myself included, who eagerly tune in when Mike releases a video.  He is renowned as the Goblet Master (attached bowl or not) and this year will be demonstrating how to turn a long stemmed goblet.

Whatever happens (don’t worry, there will be plenty of protection for the audience), this is sure to finish the symposium off in the best way possible. (I was going to say he will bring the house down but I had better not!).

There is one thing for certain, Mike will end the Symposium with his wry humour and lots of entertainment, so don’t miss him!

Mike’s demonstration is on Sunday 16th July at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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UKIWS Demonstrators – Martin Saban-Smith

Tonight’s UKIWS demonstrator is our very own Martin Saban-Smith.

In his Master Class, Martin is going to show how to turn a burr piece into an artistic sculptural form like the one shown below using metal reactive paints.

He’ll show you how he chucks the piece, turns the front, decides on where and how to put the rings. In the second half of the presentation, he’ll go through his method of applying the reactive paint to an ancient look and feel to the piece using a pre-prepared piece. Finally, he’ll show the metal leafing process.

Martin is primarily known on YouTube for his colouring work, but has chosen to demonstrate his work with the metal paints for his Master Class which is limited to 50 attendees.

Martin’s masterclass is at 2pm on Saturday 15th July.  This promises to be a fascinating demonstration!

Martin is waiving his fee for his Master Class and handing it to the ongoing UKIWS project.