Symposium 2018.

Hub City Turners presents…

2018 Saskatchewan Woodturners Symposium

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22, 2018

Persephone Theatre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK

Early Bird Registration (Deadline: March 31, 2018), including 2 lunches and 1 supper: $275 + service fees
General Registration (Deadline: June 1, 2018), including 2 lunches and 1 supper: $325 + service fees

Space is limited to first 100 registrants.

Register Online Here

Registration will also be accepted by mail. Find a printable brochure with further instructions here.


Friday, July 20, 2018

3 – 6 pm • Registration

6 – 10 pm • Session 1

Saturday, July 21, 2018

8 – 9:30 am • Session 2

10 – 11:30 am • Session 3

11:30 am – 1 pm • Lunch (provided on site)

1 – 2:30 pm • Session 4

3 – 4:30 pm • Session 5

5 – 6:30 pm • Supper (provided on site)

6:30 – 9:30 pm • Open Forum

Sunday, July 22, 2018

8 – 9:30 am • Session 6

10 – 11:30 am • Session 7

11:30 am – 1 pm • Lunch (provided on site)

1 – 2 pm • Closing lecture

2 pm • Auction


Session Topics

  • Small Turned Boxes – Steven Kennard

Steven will be demonstrating and discussing the technique of making small turned boxes. This will include the choice of suitable wood, the preparation of the blank prior to chuck mounting, creating a perfectly fitted lid and surface texturing and finishing techniques.

  • Fun With Spindles – Michael Hosaluk

Expand your skills with innovative approaches to object making incorporating spindles. Techniques of cutting, bending and painting spindles.

  • Hook Tools and Turning End Grain – Michael Hosaluk

What tools are available for end grain turning and their application to making bowls, goblets and boxes?

  • Surface Surface – Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler

A myriad of surface treatments and embellishment possibilities and how to personalize your work. Tool selection, sharpening and safety. Wood selection. Rotary/hand carving and texturing techniques.

  • Ammonite Bowl – Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler

This demonstration will cover design and influences, how to personalize your turnings. Wood selection, preparation and drying. Basic bowl turning techniques, tool selection, sharpening and safety. Surface embellishment with rotary carving tools and wood burners. Acrylic and milk paint application.

  • Pyrography Tips and Tricks plus Making Brands Using Nichrome Wire – Molly Winton

Tips and tricks to help you get good use out of your commercially made pyrography pens. Using nichrome wire, and various wire bending pliers, a selection of brands will be demonstrated that can be used to decorate and enhance your wood-turned projects.

  • Turning Thin – Michael Hosaluk

How thin can you go? Turning a bowl using gouge and shear scraping techniques.

  • Making Mini Vessels & Carving Textures – Molly Winton

Miniature vessels are fun and easy to make using tools readily available on the market, or using simple homemade hollowing tools. They can be a great way to experiment with unfamiliar or different forms, and provide a quick way to experiment with many different texturing and carving techniques.



Graeme Priddle (Click for Website)

Graeme has 27 years of experience in the woodworking field and is best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings which reflect his life and environment 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, USA and Canada. Graeme recently moved to Asheville, NC to work with his life partner and fellow wood sculptor, Melissa Engler.

Melissa Engler (Click for Website)

Melissa is a woodworker/sculptor based in Asheville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a graduate of the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in Furniture. Melissa’s work has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine< Woodwork Magazine and American Craft. Her wood is held in private collections throughout the US

Michael Hosaluk (Click for Website)

A world renowned woodturner and wood artist. Michael is highly acclaimed as a woodturning instructor and has taught throughout the world. His work is playful, elegant, and sophisticated. He often incorporates a variety of materials into his designs to give them character and gesture. He has exhibited throughout North America where his pieces are held in many galleries and private collections.

Michael is a founding member of the AAW. He maintains a studio near Saskatoon, SK.

Molly Winton (Click for website)

Molly is a woodturner who understands form as a foundation to the perfect piece. She specializes in surface enhancement, primarily pyrography, branding, coloring and texturing. “I endeavor to make wood pieces that pursue excellence of form and beg to be picked up and caressed.”

Her art often shows deep inspiration from the art of North American Indigenous culture as well as the ancient cave art of Lascaux, France and Altimira, Spain.

Molly and her work has been shown in American Woodturner Journal, Woodturning Design, American Woodturning Journal and The Gourd Magazine. She has had many exhibitions in the West Coast of America and has taught throughout the USA.

Steven Kennard (Click for Website)

As an antique furniture restorer in England, Stephen began turning wood in the mid 1970s. He immediately became fascinated by the turned box as he loved the mystery inherent in them. He has since tried many forms but always came back to woodturning and in particular making and decorating boxes. Steven, now a resident in Nova Scotia, has perfected his art and rails against normal and mundane. He says, “It is important for me to think that when I create something it might in some small way break that mould of dull predictability.”

His boxes are surprisingly elegant for such a simple form. His highly decorated surfaces show inspiration from nature, architecture and common items.

Steven has taught and demonstrated at the AAW symposiums and is an alumnus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. He often holds workshops on turning, surface decoration and box making for advanced turners.

Thanks to Vivian Orr from the Saskatchewan Craft Council for help with the layout of this page.