Live Demonstrations

A talented group of leading figures in British woodcraft will be taking part in live demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages, combining traditional woodworking skills with innovative approaches.

Events during Wednesday 8th - Sunday 19th May, 11am - 6pm each day


See the exciting skill of woodturning in action on the lathe. Among our demonstrators will be Woodturning magazine editor Mark Baker and Talhah Rasool from Axminster.

Hand Tools:

Woodcarver and whittling expert Peter Benson will be demonstrating miniature and Netsuke carving and simple knife carving. P. Hibden of Axminster will be explain the uses of various essential hand tools. Anthony Bailey of Woodworking Crafts will show you how to sharpen your hand tools and using Japanese saws.

Carving & Letter Carving:

Fine artist, printmaker, woodcarver Andy Hibberd will be demonstrating letter carving all week. He will carve a uniquely designed contemporary woodblock, entitled ‘19 OXO London’ to be later turned into limited edition prints.

Green Woodworking:

Greenwood carver and teacher Richard Irvine will create various items from his book Forest Craft including toys and musical instruments from the hedgerow. Simon Trinkwon of Axminster will also demonstrate various green woodworking techniques. Bushcraft teacher and Forest School Adventure author Dan Westall will be exploring forest school skills.


Students of fine furniture workshop and furniture school Waters and Acland will be displaying pieces and discussing their work and techniques with visitors. Industrial designer Oliver Chambers from Herston a celebrated British product design company demonstrates how the company is using new technologies combined with traditional craftsmanship values to bring their lighting products to the wider market. Building Craft College students Matthew Hensby and Jack Bibbings will create the ‘live’ making of a chair without machine tools while Saphire Hales and Chris Ward will showing off their past works and be available to discuss the work of the Building Craft College.