Live Demonstrations

Find out more about our leading figures in British woodcraft that will be taking part in live demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the event.

Andy Hibberd

A fine artist, printmaker and woodcarver educated at the prestigious City and Guilds of London Art School. Combining the disciplines of painting, printmaking, carving and sculpture, he creates unique, multimedia three-dimensional pieces and editioned prints. Visit and Instagram @Andyhdesign.

Peter Benson

Has been woodcarving since he was a small boy. After retiring from teaching at a grammar school he set up the Essex School of Woodcarving. He has travelled the world teaching his art, but today spends most of his time writing and teaching nearer to home. He writes books on the art of netsuke and whittling and is a regular contributor to Woodcarving magazine.

Richard Irvine

An accomplished greenwood carver and qualified teacher with over 20 years of experience in the field of outdoor learning. Richard develops children’s skills as part of the Forest School programme as well as running professional development workshops and recreational carving days for adults. Visit

Dan Westall

Has been a bushcraft teacher for many years. Together with his wife he works from a patch of woodland in Shropshire to encourage schoolchildren and teachers to connect with nature through learning bushcraft and Stone Age skills. He has also acted as a medic and survival consultant on various TV shows. Visit

Oliver Chambers

An industrial designer and owner of the premium product design company, Herston. As a Dyson-trained industrial designer with over 15 years’ experience, Oliver has developed successful products for brands such as Dyson, Joseph Joseph and Shark Ninja. Visit

Mark Baker

An accomplished woodturner and author of numerous articles and books on turning. Mark has demonstrated extensively at clubs, symposia and other shows and events around the world. He is Group Editor of GMC’s four woodworking magazines and also Editor of Woodturning and Woodcarving magazines.