Live Online Event

AAW Presents: Simon Begg
German Ring Turning

Saturday, September 25, 2021

4:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Learn the secrets of a 200+ year old technique with a modern-day twist!

Join us online for a mesmerizing session with Simon Begg, who will present German ring turning, a 200-year-old technique originally used to produce toys.

You’ll hear Simon discuss the importance of tool control, planning, and design throughout the session. What’s more, he’ll share the satisfaction of revealing a hidden shape!

In this presentation, Simon will offer live explanation, teaching, and Q & A with the support of a slideshow and pre-recorded video enabling you to see even the most complex camera angles. Key takeaways of his presentation include:

  • Importance of planning and design
  • Conquering complex cuts
  • Turning accurately

You could be a winner!

  • There will be a special drawing for Simon's demo piece! All registered attendees are eligible and don't need to be present to win.


  • $10 AAW members, $15 all others
  • Preregistration required. Replay will be available to registered attendees only.

Registration Notes

  • All experience levels are welcome.
  • The presentation is expected to last approximately 120 minutes.
  • Registration is open through Friday, September 24, at noon Eastern Time.


Confirmation/Receipt and Event Link

  • After registering, you will receive a receipt/confirmation by email.
  • A link to the event will be sent by email approximately 24-hours prior to the event.


  • Advance registration includes online replay of the event. The replay will be available for registered attendees through October 17. Registered attendees will be provided a link via email when the replay is available for viewing. 



About Simon Begg

From Sydney, Australia, Simon Begg is a young turner who was lucky enough to find his passion for woodturning at an early age. Throughout school he excelled in industrial technology and after high school completed cabinetmaking apprenticeships. Then in 2016, Simon quit his job as a cabinetmaker and started turning full-time after Turnfest, Australia’s premier woodturning event. He has now taught at that conference has been one of its headline demonstrators.

Simon’s work ranges from unique designs that focus on texture – to smaller gifts items with elements of ergonomic design – to obscure older techniques like the German ring turning. He loves working with salvaged and sustainably sourced Australian species of timber and feels it is his responsibility to bring out the best in the wood through good form and/or carving. Simon continues to challenge himself by finding new inspirations and learning through experimentation.

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