Our 2018 Featured Presenters are:

Nick Agar, Mark Baker, Nick Cook, John Jordan, and Barbara Dill

Paul Petrie, Ralph Mosher, Donna Banfield, John Franklin, and David Gilbert

Nick Agar


Nick Agar has become one of the most sought after instructors / workshop leaders and seminar presenters on the world woodturning stage. He is one of the most creative makers in the field and has an unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the many processes that are now used in this creative medium. Specializing in surface enhancement and renowned for his wall sculptures, his award winning work often incorporates carving, airbrushing, ceramic and metal effects. Nick has inspired many woodturners with his work and has traveled across the world to demonstrate his skills.

Inspired by organic forms, pottery, sea life ,ancient cultures and his natural surroundings at his riverside studio, he specializes in hollow forms, large diameter work, and surface enhancement. He is renowned for his wall sculptures and Viking Sunset bowls 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 Jewelers, and Aspreys. He and his work have also featured on BBC and ITV lifestyle television programs.

Nick is a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners and a Patron of the Max Carey Woodturning Trust. He is co-author of the book "woodturning evolution", an elected member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a Registered Professional Turner, and a member of the AWGB and AAW. He has also been made an honorary member of several woodturning clubs. Nick is a popular demonstrator /teacher on the Woodturning Cruise.

Demonstrations by Nick Agar

To be announced



Mark Baker


Mark Baker has always been fascinated by timber. He comments that the ability to work with such a wonderful medium, which constantly throws up challenges and opportunities, is one of life’s real pleasures.

Mark enjoys exploring the wonderful variety of timbers available, the different shapes, tactile and visual decorative effects that can be used to create something that will be treasured. He acknowledges that not everything always goes to plan and that he has a collection of the ‘works in progress or the not quite there’ variety, but comments that while it can be frustrating, it is always fun.

Mark's work is highly influenced by works from ancient cultures and civilizations and spends a lot of time in museums poring over ancient vessels, designs and other artifacts.

On leaving school, Mark worked as a carpenter and joiner for five years. He then helped set up a training center with a fully equipped woodworking workshop for autistic adults. He was an instructor there for eight years before going on to be a product manager for a well-known Sheffield-based tool manufacturer. From there he went on to become Editor of Woodturning magazine and the Group Editor of GMC Publications’ woodworking magazines including the Woodworkers Institute website – Europe’s largest woodworking website resource.

Mark demonstrates internationally and is the author of five books on woodturning, with a new one on the way.

Demonstrations by Mark Baker

To be announced


Nick Cook


Nick Cook is a full time production turner producing a wide variety of gift items, one of a kind bowls & vessels as well as work for furniture makers and millwork contractors. He spends much of his time teaching both individuals and groups throughout the country. He has done workshops for woodturning groups in Australia and has also participated in the national woodturning symposiums in New Zealand. He is a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and has served as vice president and conference coordinator. Nick was named the 12th honorary lifetime member of the AAW. He has written numerous articles for various woodturning publications including American Woodturner, Woodworkers Journal and American Woodworker. He also has produced two videos: “Turning for Food” & “Turning for Fun and Profit.

Demonstrations by Nick Cook

To be announced



John Jordan


John Jordan is a woodturner from Cane Ridge (Nashville), Tennessee. Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, John has been featured in nearly every major turning exhibition the past twenty years. His work has received numerous awards, and is in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the American Craft Museum in New York City, the White House in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

John is a frequent writer of woodturning articles, has produced several instructional DVDs, and has taught in eight countries and most of the US including more than twenty classes at Arrowmont.

Demonstrations by John Jordan

To be announced




Barbara Dill


Barbara Dill has been working with wood since 1987. After buying a lathe in 1990, she became fascinated with the multi axis turnings that she saw. She began experimenting with multi axis turnings on spindles. For several years she was delighted with the whimsical forms. Along with the fun came frustration with not knowing what to do next. In 2006, she decided to isolate herself and figure out what these spindles had in common, if anything.

Her discoveries lead to a systematic way to think about multi axis spindle turning. Her first articles were published in the American Woodturner in 2007. Teaching has lead to a deeper understanding of this complex area of turning. More articles were published in the American Woodturner, 2010, 2011, and 2013. She self published a shop guide to multi axis spindle turning and has made some videos of her teaching that can be accessed through her web site.

You will hear a clear and concise explanation of how to think about multi axis spindle turning in each demonstration. She will then address a different aspect of multi axis turning in each demonstration, such as square turnings, split turnings, fun small projects and growing small ideas into larger forms.


Demonstrations by Barbara Dill

To be announced

Paul Petrie


I have been a professional carpenter and woodworker for 30 years. My turning began with spindles for job sites, yet the fascination vessels and the after lathe work has brought me where I am today. My pieces have appeared in the American Woodturner, Fine Woodworking, Woodturning UK, and a cover and article in Woodworking in Action, issue 16. I have demonstrated at turning clubs and Totally Turning Symposium 2009, 2011. My work has been purchased by individuals across the U.S.


Demonstrations by Paul Petrie

To be announced




Ralph Mosher


Ralph lives in West Henrietta, NY, a suburb of Rochester. He has held long time memberships in the American Association of Woodturners, Rochester Woodworkers Society and The Finger Lakes Woodturners. He was a past Board of Directors’ member of the Rochester Woodworkers Society and was the editor of The Finger Lakes Woodturners Newsletter from September 2010 to May 2013. During his tenure as editor of the newsletter, it took first place in the American Association of Woodturners Chapter Newsletter competition.

Ralph is an award winning woodturner with 29 years’ experience and has sold his work at local prestigious juried shows. He was a presenter at Totally Turning in 2015 and has demonstrated for Rochester Woodworkers Society as well as Finger Lakes Woodturners. He has taught woodturning for Rochester Woodworkers Society and currently mentors novice as well as experienced woodturners.

Recently, Ralph has had the good fortune of several days of private tutoring from world class woodturning instructor, Stuart Batty. He has put into practice many of the turning techniques taught by Stuart such as the 40/40 grind, negative rake scraping and the 55 degree grind for finishing the bottom of bowls.

Ralph has a wide range of skills including the turning of green wood, seasoned bowl blanks, natural edged bowls, multiaxis spindle work, goblets, ornaments, and hollow forms. He has experience with a Magil MDF Rose Engine and carving the surface of gesso painted platters. His first turning project was a Saxony spinning wheel where a scraper and sand paper were the main tools for the required turnings. This project teased his interest and thus began an exciting and continued development of his woodturning experiences and abilities.

Demonstrations by Ralph Mosher

To be announced




Donna Banfield


Donna Zils Banfield has been creating works of art in wood since she received her first lathe as a surprise Christmas gift from her husband in 2001. Donna’s skills on the lathe were self-taught, but honed through workshops taught by gifted and skilled artists and turners who shared their knowledge. Her carving techniques and designs evolved after studying under several internationally recognized fine art and craft masters.

A teacher of woodturning since 2007 at Rockler Woodworking and Woodcraft, she now offers private one-on-one instruction in her studio, in Derry, NH. She has shared her knowledge and techniques with woodturning clubs throughout New England and beyond, and has demonstrated for regional Symposiums in the New England area since 2008. She has written articles for the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers and the AAW’s Woodturning FUNdamentals. Donna has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (LNHC) since 2010 and currently serves as a Juror in wood, evaluating and critiquing applicants seeking admission to the League as a juried craftsperson.

Her work can be found in private collections in Australia, India, Taiwan and the U.S.

For more information, please visit her website: www.livealifelessordinary.com


Demonstrations by Donna Banfield

To be announced


John Franklin


I am a full-time artist living on Vancouver Island, Canada. Since 1992 I have been involved almost exclusively in creating some form of art, including painting, stained glass, photography, pen and ink drawing, and woodturning. Wood sculptures, primarily made using a lathe, have been the focus of my work since 1997.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist, I taught skiing and sailing, was an ironworker, a driller and blaster in several underground gold mines, and delivered sailboats in the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic Ocean.

I exhibit, teach and demonstrate my unique style of wood turned sculptures internationally, and my works are in private collections around the world.

Demonstrations by John Franklin

Off Kilter - Learn how to turn an off axis / off center sculpture using a vacuum pump as well as how you can create the same look without a vacuum pump.

Color Your World - How do you get the colors you want in your work? Various methods of coloring wood will be demonstrated, including how I get my sculptures to look the way I want them to.

Inspiration, Observation, Creativity - Ever wonder how to get an idea for your work? This is a fun slide presentation with some audience (no pressure) participation.

Dave Gilbert


About eight years ago, after years of traditional woodworking, I discovered the joy and the vortex of wood turning. Making round things for family and friends has taken much of my time and effort since then. I primarily make utilitarian bowls, platters, trays, and of course, tools for turning wood.

Demonstrations by Dave Gilbert

To be announced



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