With a history in timber dating back as far as 1932, what better venue for this year’s Woodturning Festival in association with the Working with Wood Show than Saasveld, George?
The woodworking fraternity globally is extremely excited that the Association of Woodturners of South Africa (AWSA) in partnership with the American Association of Woodturners, the Working with Wood Show and the School of Natural Resource Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), will take an active role in this year’s Woodturning Festival at NMMU’s Saasveld Campus from Friday to Sunday, August 26-28.
This beautiful venue’s origins can be traced back to 1911 when a forestry college was established at Tokai near Cape Town. The government of the day moved the college to a new location – Saasveld – near George in the Southern Cape in 1932.
From 1932 to 1985 almost 1,300 foresters were trained at this campus that is surrounded by indigenous and commercial forests.
Following on from the successful 2014 Working with Wood Show in Knysna, the event quickly established itself as a leading woodworking and tool show in South Africa, and is acknowledged today as Africa’s most diverse woodworking and woodcraft event.
The Working with Wood Shows are known for bringing top South African and international demonstrators to share their woodworking skills and crafts from woodturning, carving, chair-making, and sharpening, to furniture making with participants.
Everything timber-related and eco-related, from mobile milling of slabs, to fine furniture and sculptures, sustainable alternatives for the home and natural resource management displays can be found. These events showcase sustainable timber production.
This year, the Woodturning Festival and Working with Wood Show will feature top woodworking experts, including international AWSA guests Carmen De La Paz from the US and Chris Pouncy from the UK. The South African contingent includes John Wessels,John Speedy, Dave Stephenson, Mervin Walsh, Richard Muller, Jan Conradie and Charlie Letsoalo.
This year, participants will also be treated to woodturning demonstrations and enhancements that will highlight the global trend in woodturning. De La Paz and Wessels will offer live demonstrations on some of the latest techniques in wood enhancements.
The organisers are thrilled to announce the launch of the outreach programme, Turners without Borders, to be held during this festival.
De La Paz will also host the first Working with Wood Show’s programme exclusively for women called Women in Turning.