Testimonials

What Viewers and Audiences Think . . .

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I always like to watch

I always like to watch Martin’s demonstrations as they are full of information. Martin explains everything in full detail and if you don’t get it the first time he will go over it again. He also answers every question in the Zoom meetings. I think there is a lot of work before and after a

Clive Gouger
Tuesday 9 August, 2022

Excellent bowl turning IRD

A very informative and entertaining evening on the bowl turning IRD. Excellent graphics accompany the real thing so you can really see the tool presentation. Session was around 3 hours, the time flew by, with Martin’s knowledge and passion for turning obvious throughout. Many thanks Martin and your wife.

Sean Baty
Tuesday 9 August, 2022

Martins Bowl turning IRD

As usual this was a very professional demonstration and went through all aspects of turning a standard bowl. Tool presentation was especially well covered and gave me areas on which I can improve
As ever the camera work was exceptional

Paul Huyton
Tuesday 9 August, 2022

I enjoyed the demonstration as

I enjoyed the demonstration as I do all of yours, you are always accommodating of people of different skill levels and styles. In particular the camera showing a close up of the workpiece allowing us to see the gouge as you make a cut was great. it allowed us to follow the action, so to

Ian Bennett
Saturday 6 August, 2022

Bowl Turning Improvers Zoom Demonstration

Martin Saban-Smith is an outstanding, natural and professional woodturning demonstrator. His passion is turning bowls and all that it entails – which is extensive. His technical skills and his innate ability to convey the right message to the appreciative audience of enthusiastic woodturners across the globe, is second to none. He pioneered the importance of

Nick Hutton
Saturday 6 August, 2022

Bowl Turning IRD on 2nd August

What an excellent demo last night. Great graphics and some very useful tips on solving hollowing problems. Martin has the remote demo down to a fine art with his array of cameras.

Mike Paige
Friday 5 August, 2022

Live demo

I really enjoyed the demonstration Martin and in particular the techniques you illustrated for shipping the ball both outside and inside. I have tried this technique holding the ball gouge lower than normal and it proved to be a significant improvement on my previous attempts at cutting bowls. This alone would you pay for the

Kevin Burden
Friday 5 August, 2022

Improving my Bowl Turning

I very much enjoyed the demonstration last night. The camera views and the pace of the demo, to my mind were very good indeed and very good value for money.
I was kept both informed and entertained for the entire time. If the demonstrations going forward are laid out in the same format I’ll

Mark Lawrence
Friday 5 August, 2022

Improving bowl turning

A fantastic demonstration from Martin as always, very thorough and explains every thing perfect from start to finish.

Robert Buchanan
Friday 5 August, 2022

The bowl turning demonstration was

The bowl turning demonstration was brilliant.Even for those of us with a reasonable amount of knowledge,it was a reminder of the bad habits we can slip into,when it comes to tool control.Thank you Martin.

ronald sellwood
Friday 5 August, 2022

Improve your bowl turning.

This was an IRD, presented by Martin. It was aimed at beginner and competent turners. I myself have turned for many years, but I am always open to different styles of turning and I do get some mistakes that I would like to avoid making. Besides the the turning we started by looking the wood

John Foster
Friday 5 August, 2022

Improving my bowl turning

The only disappointing thing about last nights demonstration was that I didn’t have time to go to my workshop to try out my new found knowledge!
Martin was a great host and very knowledgeable, he explained things in a way that was easy to understand and the graphics were spot on. I now have

Rob Crew
Friday 5 August, 2022

Great presentation

The bowl turning live demo I watched last night was very informative and enjoyable. I can only say that I learnt a lot, and that it was well worth watching.

Andy Clements
Friday 5 August, 2022

Intermediate bowl turning

Martin made us all feel very welcome, started by explaining what he was about to teach allowed for interaction and demonstrated in detail to allow us to take in all the knowledge we could muster. Thanks Martin

Mr Martin John Kavanagh
Friday 5 August, 2022

bowl turning

as usual Martin explained very well the in and out of bowl turning specially on tool presentation to be able to have the best finish from the tool .he answered all the question ask in details .his uses of diagram and picture made it all much more understandable and made sense at the end

gerard dubois
Friday 5 August, 2022

Bowl turning demo 2nd Aug 22

What an amazing evening. The demo was fantastic with slides prepared that went over the live turning, all questions answered in detail, great camera placements so you never missed a thing. What a great teacher and a wonderful evening.

Gothard Susan
Friday 5 August, 2022

Bowl turning demo 2nd Aug 22

What an amazing evening. The demo was fantastic with slides prepared that went over the live turning, all questions answered in detail, great camera placements so you never missed a thing. What a great teacher and a wonderful evening.

Gothard Susan
Friday 5 August, 2022

Improve your bowl turning IRD

I found this demo by Martin to be really helpful for me as I love turning bowls, I now know why I make mistakes and how to rectify them , just need to practice the techniques shown. Thanks again Martin

Ian Nash
Friday 5 August, 2022

So much better than YouTube!

This was such an informative and content rich experience, with the incredible benefit of being able to ask questions and gain clarification during the demonstration. It was light years ahead of the standard YouTube fare, about as good a learning experience in fact as it’s possible to get without being physically there in the workshop!

Gary Ferguson
Friday 5 August, 2022

Bowl turning demo

Found the demo very informative. I have turned a few bowls but still a beginner and the demo highlighted what I do incorrectly. Have written a page of notes from the demo also. Martin uses various camera angles to show exactly what needs to be shown and also uses overlays in the demo.
Found

Perry Laithwaite
Friday 5 August, 2022

Bowl turning techniques

This IRD was delivered in an impressive way, with explanations and diagrams well thought out and terrific camera work. One of better ones I’ve attended. Questions where answered in a timely manner. The content was 1st class

Brent Beacroft
Friday 5 August, 2022

The bowl turning improvers course

The bowl turning improvers course was without a doubt brilliant. Time was spent explaining the correct way to use the gouges to achieve very good finishes, as Martin said “take your time don’t rush”. He didn’t and it enabled me to absorb a great deal of knowledge.
Thank you Martin

Mike Brady
Friday 5 August, 2022

Bowl Turning Improvers Demo

This was an excellent on-line demonstration – very well planned, great camera angles, graphics, and delivered in a open and friendly way – great opportunities to ask questions – which were answered fully and in great detail – learnt a lot – also provided a good handout, with confirmation of information delivered during the demonstration.

Mark Woodward
Friday 5 August, 2022

Demo

Thanks for the demo on Tuesday, very useful, learnt some valuable techniques. Especially liked the graphics showing cutting angles. Will certainly sign up for future events.

Tim McCoy
Friday 5 August, 2022

Incredible instructions and demonstrations

Thankyou for the amazing demonstration of how to turn a bowl. Very clear instructions, logical, brilliant camera positions so that everything could be seen, from foot & body positions through to all the tool positions. Even the tool sharpening was covered. The knowledge and enthusiasm for what Martin is demonstrating comes across, with so many

Rob Woolley
Friday 5 August, 2022

Totally enjoyed the very informative

Totally enjoyed the very informative demonstration that Martin put on. I look forward to see and participate In more presentations in the future.

Gene Doucette
Wednesday 3 August, 2022

Martin Saban Smith

This was a very informative lesson/demonstration Martin talk us through everything he done and tool presentations this was like a hands on in real time thanks again Martin

Charlie Taylor
Wednesday 3 August, 2022

Brilliant

Very professional, very informative, very enjoyable. Learnt a lot. Look forward to the next one.

Steve Bridges
Wednesday 3 August, 2022

This was an excellent demo

This was an excellent demo on a subject many of us have a need for some expert guidance. Backed up by excellent documentation Martin gave a very professional but also friendly presentation which covered all areas of bowl making and also differing levels of experience and “competency” of the audience. I now have more confidence

Phillip Willmot
Wednesday 3 August, 2022

IMPROVERS’ COURSE

REALLY LIKED AND BENEFITTED FROM YESTERDAYS’ ZOOM DEMONSTRATION.
1. CAMERA WORK CLOSE UPS MEANT I LEARNED A LOT
2. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH THE DEMONSTRATION CAREFULLY AND MAKE GOOD NOTES AT THE SAME TIME, SO THE ‘IMPROVERS’ COURSE NOTES’ WHICH CAME BUY EMAIL AFTERWARDS WERE INVALUABLE. THEY REALLY ARE WELL DONE.

BILL FULLAGAR
Wednesday 3 August, 2022

First of all , sorry

First of all , sorry for the delay. not been well.
Transfixed from start to finish, i was exhausted after , but just like a good book , couldn,t put it down.
The lesson was well presented, fully explained, so i knew what to expect, allowed time to ask questions or go back

john JOSEPH JAMES foster
Thursday 7 July, 2022

This was a very educational

This was a very educational course. Course leader Martin held a steady course throughout the course. He shows that he is very knowledgeable and good. Treat all participants with great respect with the way he responds to questions. Thank you very much Martin Best regards
Kyrre Johansen

Kyrre Johansen
Wednesday 2 March, 2022

This was a very educational

This was a very educational course. Course leader Martin held a steady course throughout the course. He shows that he is very knowledgeable and good. Treat all participants with great respect with the way he responds to questions. Thank you very much Martin Best regards
Kyrre Johansen

Kyrre Johansen
Wednesday 2 March, 2022

Excellence in Finishing online demo

When I saw this was scheduled to be a 4 hour presentation my first thought was ‘this is going to be hard work!’.
I couldn’t have been more wrong!, the time flew by and I was quite disappointed when it ended. Martin’s natural presenting style and enthusiasm for the subject made it easy to

Alan Hill
Wednesday 2 March, 2022

I learned much about finishing

I learned much about finishing and will be putting that knowledge to use going forward. Thanks for the excellent presentation. Four hours flew by.

Francis Marro
Thursday 21 October, 2021

A very informative but lengthy

A very informative but lengthy session. I think it could have been broken down into possibly three units.
Well presented, well prepared. Would recommend

Brent Beacroft
Thursday 21 October, 2021

Hi Martin Great night, easy instructions

Hi Martin
Great night, easy instructions while keeping it simple but getting the instructions over nicely.
Hopefully I will get much better results using your intrinsic colours with the great finishing course last night.
Many thanks throughly enjoyed it
Martin

Martin Stevens
Thursday 21 October, 2021

Great Demonstration on Finishing

Martin covered techniques in finishing for bowls and spindles in great depth whilst answering a steady stream of questions. A thorough professional demonstration. The finishes demonstrated were great and I will certainly be trying some of them. In addition, Martin’s clear explanations have encouraged me to think of other finishing techniques and combinations that I

Paul Mckernan
Thursday 21 October, 2021

This was a fantastic, educational

This was a fantastic, educational experience. Martin went through many ways of finishing turned pieces, taking time to explain all the processes and the reasons behind what he applies to the projects and the order of application. Many thanks to Martin and Natalia (sorry if spelt incorrectly)

Gareth Beard
Thursday 21 October, 2021

Finishing course

Hi Martin
I thought the presentation was second to none, will all the right content, I know what it’s like to put a shift in as I am a Nurse at my local trust. Hence you certainly put a shift and a half in on last nights demo I for one as a beginner

Virgil Crawford
Thursday 21 October, 2021

Finishing course – real eye opener

As a relatively new hobbist Turner i found the demonstration extremely informative. Martin’ style and professional presentation is excellent and makes even a long complicated course much easier to follow and stay engaged with. The course itself had hundreds of great little tips and indepth explanations of not only what to do with finishes but

Christopher Arnold
Thursday 21 October, 2021

Very well presented demonstration

Thank you, this was a very well presented and in-depth demonstration.
I’m a newbie to wood turning, something I turned my thoughts and interests too this year whilst going through prostate cancer treatment. I had the great fortune to discover Yandles in Martock, Somerset early this year where woodturning grasped my attention, and a

David Cullen (DC Cullen)
Thursday 21 October, 2021

how to use finish properly

it was very very eye opening specially when you are a begginner and don’t really know how to use the differents proper technics to achieve a decent finish .with Martin on hand course it became clearer and made more sense the right way to use different product with an in depth talk on the how

gerard dubois
Thursday 21 October, 2021

First class demonstration, will inspire

First class demonstration, will inspire me to change the way I have applied finishes in the past
thankyou for your time Martin was worth every minute.

terence bartlett
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Great demo about finishing learned

Great demo about finishing learned a lot. U presented it great and it feels natural to u well explained qnd easy to understand. The only one thing annoyed me was people asking the about the same thing but in different ways. I would love to see a dvd on finishing by u come out so

Dewi bowen
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Superb demonstration

Thank you for such an excellent demo Martin and for answering all my questions.
The evening was very professionally run and extremely productive.
I now know what I have been doing wrong with the gloss wax and Yorkshire Grit!!
I will certainly be purchasing some of the other products now.

SIMON SNEWIN
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Hi Martin, I would like

Hi Martin,
I would like to express my thanks to you and Natalja for your live demonstration last evening, it was quite a mammoth effort!! I can’t imagine the amount of preparation that must have gone on beforehand to produce such a great event.
Whilst I have been turning for quite a long

Keith Callaway
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

As good as it gets

Martin has a great ability to link his skills with information as to why he does what he does, when he does it and possible alternatives as well as answering a wide range of questions. It is the closest thing to a one to one tutorial and an event I will not miss.
THANK

Colin McKenzie
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

I really liked the demonstration,

I really liked the demonstration, I have learnd very much from it and hope to joine more of this demo’s later 😊👍👍 and also great products 😁👍

Ove Andre Vedøy
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Finishing

Great demo very informative.
Although I thought at first 4 hours for an online demo was a little long it was the right length for the information supplied.
Thanks .

Ricky Williams
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Thanks for the live demo

Thanks for the live demo Martin. Really enjoyed it plus picking up some tips to help my journey

Lin Bayford
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Finishing

Fantastic information glad we had a chance to see a replay.

Steven hale
Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Excellence in Finishing Course

Thoroughly good course in which Martin conveyed the principals of finishing and demonstrated them in simple to understand methodology.

Stephen J Ellis
Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Finishing

Attended the online Finishing course. Excellent course. Everything was explained and demonstrated clearly. The four hours were really enjoyable. All questions were answered clearly and to the point. Learned a huge amount.
Well done Martin. Thank you.

Andrew B
Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Finishing school

Thank you Martin for a very full and informative presentation. It was good to understand what order to use dye and sealer and wax and lacquer and polish.
I learnt alot.

Stella Tinsley
Friday 15 October, 2021

Amazing

The finishing demo was absolutly amazing. Martin explained every thing brilliantly and the reasons behind the process of getting the perfect finish. It was the most useful 4 hours I have spent and will save me time and effort to get the best finish on my turnings. Thank you Martin.

Keith Golds
Friday 15 October, 2021

PDQ

When I first read about your demo I said “four hours”. Too long and I will never finish it
Well I was wrong. It went by quickly and was very informative
Great information. I took notes but I’m sure I’ve missed a lot. I have never colored my work even though I’ve been

Pete Kaup
Friday 15 October, 2021

Excellence in Finishing

Just wanted to say what a great demonstration by Martin. To give a 4 hour tutorial was amazing and I learnt a great deal. I will definitely be trying out the finishing techniques I have learnt.
Thank you Martin for giving your time freely to the woodturning community.

Colin Humphries
Friday 15 October, 2021

Brilliant as usual you explain

Brilliant as usual you explain things so easy to understand, you have given me a lot to think about and given me so much inspiration to take my Finishing to the next level.
Thank you .

Rowland price
Friday 15 October, 2021

Watching and listening to everything

Watching and listening to everything Martin had to say about finishing a turned wooden object was indeed fantastic! Questions were answered clearly and directly while not losing sight of his scripted presentation. Most importantly for me was his frank admission to not knowing the answer to a question posed of which he had no direct

Marcel Durette
Friday 15 October, 2021

Excellence in finishing

Fantastic course extremely well delivered. Loads of information and plenty of time to ask questions. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in wood finishing. I will definitely be looking out for more courses/demonstrations being advertised Thanks again Martin

Ian Cooke
Friday 15 October, 2021

Time and Value

I was most impressed with the amount of time that Martin took out of his Saturday to provide this free course, especially as it ended up significantly longer than was intended. I learnt a lot, things were kept on topic (very important, been to too many of these were the presenter gets side-tracked by comments

Trace Currall
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Brilliant

Martin methodically explains everything in way that is easy to understand without missing any details.

Gav Eades
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Excellence

I found the demonstration to be very interesting and informative. Martin is always very clear and communicates the information in an enjoyable and lively way. I have long been a fan of Hampshire sheen products and seeing Martin using them and explaining his finishin process will make using them even easier.

Les Watkinson
Sunday 10 October, 2021

HS finishing.

The presentation took 4 hours but, so much was included it was never not interesting and I could have watched for longer. Martin Saban-Smith is a very good demonstrator whose knowledge on the subject is Amazing. I would hope to be able to meet and learn other subjects from him.

Seán Anthony Gleeson
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Excellence Course

An excellent demonstration by Martin. Lots of information on techniques in applying Hampshire Sheen products. A very professional and well constructed course.

Chris Fisher
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Martin, Excellent demo for excellence in

Martin,
Excellent demo for excellence in finishing!! The detailed demo of all stages, delivered in your usual clear style was very much appreciated. Having the 5 minute breaks in a 4 hr demo was very important ( for you and us I guess!!).
A suitable way to handle follow up questions after the

John Nunn
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Extremely informative and immensely useful

Martin’s presentation on Finishing, delivered today, was absolutely first class.
His style of presentation is very engaging and his wide and deep knowledge of the subject is significant. It was a pleasure to hear first hand from him on his recommended methods for using the wide array of finishes available to the Woodturner.

Adrian Olsen
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Finishing

Excellent info on the types of finishes and how to use them properly. A vast knowledge of all, and very helpful.

Simon L
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Very informative and brilliant by

Very informative and brilliant by M. Saban Smith as always.
Learned a hole lot.
As always Martin show us in an easy way of doing things.
And the way he goes in to things are astonishing.

Thomas Debess
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Watched the Excellence in Finishing

Watched the Excellence in Finishing Course today and found it very informative and learnt some new techniques,Martin covered many finishing techniques and overall it was a very good course.

Trevor Wells
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Finishing Sat 9th Oct

What a well presented with clear explanations demo. I really learnt a lot and and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you Martin.

Fernley Tout
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Excellence in finishing

I missed the live demo due to a miss understanding that the 10:00 am start time was UK time not my local time. You may consider reiterating that start times are your time not ours. Maybe you did and I missed it. Anyway the recording was great! It was nice because I could take it

Jim Westmoreland
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Martins Finishing Demostration

An absolutely brilliant demonstration on the importance of finishing. Martin toook us from the basics of side and end grain and the different properties and problems with various changes in grain orientation throughout the contours of a shape. Not a turning demo but the foundation required to advance our knowledge through his amazing finishing process

Brian West
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Online Finishing Course

I learnt so much from this course.
As soon as I get paid I am heading out for some Citrus Burnishing oil, Microcrystalline wax and some colour dyes!
The demonstration was a good pace, it was very informative and easy to follow.
Thank you!

Jo Markham
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Superb demo

Absolute superb demo.
Very well prepared and certainly professionaly brought by a very enjoyable demonstrator who shared a lot of knowledge so we can get our pieces to reach a higher standard and shine a lot more. Thanks a lot,
(And know i have to go look up the local stockist for some

Paul Steyfkens
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Finishing

Brilliant demo of your finishing products, I have used your products and have had great results.

Neal robinson
Saturday 9 October, 2021

Excellence in Finishing

A truly informative demo thankyou once again for sharing you methods and thought process with us all . It has given myself a new look on how to achive the best posible finish to my projects ect as a newbie this is really helpful and i thankyou again for all the time you must have

Peter Alan Lake
Saturday 9 October, 2021

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative demonstration from Martin.

Norman Greenwell
Saturday 9 October, 2021

Excellence in finishing

Fantastic demonstration on finishing, I really enjoyed watching this and picking up some great tips from a professional woodturner, A massive thanks to Martin for his time and expertise.

Robert Buchanan
Saturday 9 October, 2021

Finishing demo.

Brilliant demo on finishing. I thought I could finish well but Martin takes it to another level….
Many thanks…

Kevin Devine
Saturday 9 October, 2021

A big thank you!

Martin,
I used to work as a technology manager for a large industrial paint company. After I retired 8years ago, I gradually took up woodturning and am ( so far!) self taught. I have made many pieces and sold these for the benefit of our local village hall here in Catton, Northumberland.
I

John Nunn
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Thank you Martin for some great videos for a beginner

I would just like to thank you for your instructional videos for beginners, like myself. I retired (luckily at 58) and moved to Cumbria from Surrey 5 years ago. I started turning 4 years ago and got inspired by your videos. Starting with spinning tops and simple bowls. I now have commissions for various pieces,

Bob Lowry
Thursday 22 October, 2020

If Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery …

I am a new woodturner and I have just found your You Tube videos. I would like to say you are about the only on I find on You Tube who follows the turning “Rules” found in Keith Rowley’s, “Woodturning, A Foundation Course”. I feel that I am seeing things done safely and properly when

Raymond Mercier
Thursday 22 October, 2020

This was very much

This was very much a good learning 1 to 1 tuition , Martin observed initially How I held tool and approached work , stopped me when he thought I was unsafe or wrong position. Showed me on the corrected Method angle of approach and position of tool , plus not too be to aggressive and

Clive Tanner
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Great Day Learning

Just spent the day with Martin in his workshop on a one to one tuition day. Martin has an easy style of teaching and gives his experience freely. We spent the day making a Gents Ring Box, which is what I asked to do when booking. Thanks to this great experience I know have a

Ian Lay
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Excellent Demo

Martin, yet another excellent demonstration tonight using your metal in fill.

Mike Willis
Thursday 22 October, 2020

A successful and enjoyable 1-2-1 tutorial

I knew my one day tutorial was going to be good, but it was even better than I had anticipated. I felt I already knew Martin from his live demonstrations and I felt relaxed and easy in his presence. I am new to woodturning having joined Kennet Valley Woodturners Club last Autumn and started up

Nick Hutton
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Thankful for the instruction and inspiration you provide…

I rarely send these types of emails, but I just needed to say Thank You. For the inspiration you provide in your videos, as well as the fabulous products you developed (or helped develop?) I initially got into turning because I was interested in working with resin. Specifically, I wanted to make dragon eggs, a

Joe Sheble
Thursday 22 October, 2020

My thoughts on live demos

Hi Martin
My thoughts are you are doing a fantastic job and its nice to see things going wrong from time to time it shows myself that as a newbie to turning that when things go wrong its not always done too me it could be unseen problems ( like the monkey puzzle). So

Peter Alan Lake
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Brilliant Night, great presentation

This was the first remote demonstration that our club Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners had held, and some 50+ members “tuned in” to watch, and am I sure that everyone benefitted from this superb demonstration. Thank you Martin.

Jeff Ellis Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Just to say that the

Just to say that the downloads of the cheat sheet and colour wheel don’t work. Thanks and best wishes
Ian

Ian Callaghan
Thursday 22 October, 2020

Sucessful Evening

I hope this has opened the gates for many more Zoom demos and could become part of the yearly programme. I noticed that there were 35 members taking part which made it such a successful evening.

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Just a note to thank

Just a note to thank you for the superb presentation to the Ely Guild on July 1st. First class presentation with lots of useful tips. Thank You once again.

Chris Edwards
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Good substitute

Thanks for last night, i was very impressed with the demo, the technology, and the general feel of the meeting. It was much more personal than I had imagined and a good substitute for the real thing. (With the added advantage with the video turned off of a refreshing glass of a rather nice Kiwi

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Well explained

Thanks for organising last nights demo, well done. I thought it was great especially the way he explained the angles of the gouge etc., no visiting demonstrator has ever gone into this to that length.

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Great Job!

I thought the demo was excellent. Martin has put a lot of time and thought into his presentation. The graphics showing chisel angles were so helpful. Great Demo.  Martin was so full of information and gave it so clearly, I learned quite a bit.

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Looking forward to the next one

A big thank you for organising last night. It was an excellent demo for all levels as I’m sure that most of us learned something new. I know I did.  Looking forward to the next one.

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

A Good Teacher

First I’d like to say thank you for organising the live zoom demo the other evening. I’ve been coming to the meetings a little while now and was beginning to get to the point where I was gaining enough confidence to experiment on my lathe when the shutdown occurred – I am a total beginner

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Answered my Questions

I thought it was an excellent presentation and yes it was easier for all to see what was going on than at a club night demonstration. Initially I thought that many of our experienced and expert turners would feel as if someone was trying to teach granny to suck eggs; but Martin’s graphics and explanations

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Absolutely Brilliant

I’m now looking forward to the next one. Martin’s presentation and instructions/tips were brilliant, and whilst at the beginning I thought ‘oh not another bowl’, he gave an insight into methods that I and probably my colleagues had not thought of. Absolutely brilliant.

Anonymous
Saturday 4 July, 2020

Absolute Beginner

Having seen this demo on Bowl Turning for beginners it has given me the knowledge to go of and try for myself,
using basic tools and an understanding of the safety issues involved with woodturning.
Thank you Martin for this excellent demo.

Mr Andrew S Lauben-Pearson
Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Finishing

A great demonstration going through the sanding grits, sealing and polishing. The explanations answered a lot of question. It was a joy and so easy to watch the demonstration. I attach result of following your way and jumping intermediate grits on a birch ply dish I turned.
Thanks for a great tuition.
All

John Charnley
Monday 8 June, 2020

Review #1801

Hi Martin,
Thank you for an excellent evening on the basic woodturning tool set.
Your style of teaching made the whole evening very informative, serious where it needed to be in reference to the roughing gouge and very much lighthearted and funny banter with participants and with your moderator Phil joining in when

Mr Andrew S Lauben-Pearson
Saturday 6 June, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1802

I really found this demonstration useful and it was perfect for any beginners out there. The on screen graphics and explanations were very clear and what really helped was the use of several cameras covering different views, so that as the viewer it was easy to see exactly how the tool should be presented to

Alison Oram
Saturday 6 June, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1803

Although I’m not a complete beginner, I’m nowhere near well experienced and so Martin’s demonstrations always give me that bit more useful information I can take away. In this particular demo, Martin explains the tools, the shapes of the cutting ends and how they are to be safely employed, all with the addition of useful

Nigel Oram
Saturday 6 June, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1822

Really helpful tutorial, fully explaining the basics tools and their “correct” uses, with a chance to ask questions and watch demonstrations. Really enjoyed getting a professional guidance and advice.. looking forward to the next one.

Simon Mason
Saturday 6 June, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1888

I was a bit apprehensive prior to the demonstration due to having no prior practical experience of wood turning. However, my apprehension was soon unfounded. It was well seen Martin had spent a considerable amount of time developing slides depicting various methods and or different gouges. These slides proved to be very useful. The atmosphere

Dave Bradford
Saturday 6 June, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1899

I spent another enjoyable evening learning the basics of turning a bowl. This followed on well from the previous weeks demo for beginners regarding wood-turning tools. We were taken through the process at just the right speed with opportunities to ask questions regularly during the session. As it was aimed at beginners no-one felt that

Alison Oram
Saturday 6 June, 2020

Finishing

Great demonstration going through the grits to get a great finish. You made it a joy to watch.
Tried myself on birch plywood and it works beautifully.

John Charnley
Wednesday 3 June, 2020

A huge thank you …

Martin gave the clearest introduction to woodturning tools that I have encountered in quite a few years of on / off trying to start turning and sitting in on all sorts of demonstrations. For each basic tool he explained its physical composition and showed how it was used on the lathe. Watching his demonstration felt

Vicki Miller
Monday 1 June, 2020

Sharing the love of his craft

thank you very much for this demonstration ..i learned a lot and it is very well done , not boring but very entertaining ,you really transmit across the love you have for your craft while still understanding those who never did it and you put yourself at their level to pass your message accross.

gerard dubois
Monday 1 June, 2020

Beginners Woodturning tool guide and demonstration

I joined Martin (and about 30 others) via Zoom for this introduction and demonstration on the basic 6 woodturning tools. It was logical, clear and Martin was keen to ensure that our queries were answered as we progressed. A great introduction to the tools which appear to work “magic” in Martin’s hands! Well worth it.

Doug Townshend
Monday 1 June, 2020

Good learning from a great delivery.

As a complete newbie to the world of turning, discounting a bowl made 40 plus years ago at school, this was a session approached with a fresh note pad and an open mind. The pre-session admin was very efficient. The session itself was very well structured with multiple cameras set up to ensure clear views

Phil Abraham
Saturday 30 May, 2020

How to use the basic set of tools.

I have been turning for three years, mostly self taught. I have broken a roughing gouge and didn’t know why until last night. I was still using the tool incorrectly, even after three years. The delivery, both pace and contents were done in such a professional manner that you never felt as if anything was

David Robertson
Saturday 30 May, 2020

I’m not the sharpest gouge on the shelf

Now I would be the first to admit I’m not the sharpest gouge on the shelf nor can I call myself a tuner (yet), but with this guy in my corner I don’t think it will be long before my confidence and skill level increase. Martin has a way of teaching that even the layman

laurence griffin
Saturday 30 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1730

Now I would be the first to admit I’m not the sharpest gouge on the shelf nor can I call myself a tuner (yet), but with this guy in my corner I don’t think it will be long before my confidence and skill level increase. Martin has a way of teaching that even the layman

laurence griffin
Saturday 30 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1736

Excellent demonstration. Great camera work and clear audio. I will be signing up for the next bowl demo. Thanks Martin

Michael Byrd
Saturday 30 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1737

What a great evening learning some of the basics about a few of the different basic tools in a really relaxed atmosphere. This along with other live demos has given me a lot more confidence about giving turning a go. I think the zoom medium was an ideal way to participate in this class in

Helen Bowstead Stallybrass
Saturday 30 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1738

This seminar was fantastic. Thank you for taking an enormous amount of your time to present this to us. The content was excellent and your teaching style was such that I signed up for the bowl turning webinar as soon as I got the information. Thank you again for answering so many of my questions.

Frank Faubert
Saturday 30 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #1642

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming ‘Bowl Turning For Beginners’ class on June 2nd.
I plan to put a bowl blank on my lathe, follow Martin’s instruction in real time, while creating my own bowl.
I attended today’s ‘Woodturning Tools For Beginners’ on Zoom. Very fun, interesting, and educational. Martin is a

Scott Hampton
Saturday 30 May, 2020

Beginners Bowl Turning video

I’m a journeyman in bowl turning. Not new, but not super experienced. I found Martin’s explanations
and overlays most helpful. I learned a lot more than I thought I would. He has put a lot of effort into camera angles and Overlays that help follow the discussion and techniques. Keep up the great work.

Tom Grillo
Monday 25 May, 2020

Since the lockdown I have

Since the lockdown I have been to each and every live show and also looked up all on you tube etc., I have found Martin still of teaching suits me, as I tend to forget things, so often can be heard in my workshop talking to my self about what I am going to do

john foster
Thursday 21 May, 2020

Recently learned of your live

Recently learned of your live demonstrations and have thoroughly enjoyed them while learning so much. Your ability to answer questions from turners with various levels of experience, in language that all can understand, is a testimonial to your teaching skills. Keep up the excellent work.
Sincerely,
Francis

Francis Marro
Monday 18 May, 2020

Hi Martin. After a 15

Hi Martin. After a 15 year absence from the lathe I’ve returned to it since Christmas. I was self taught using Keith Rowley’s book…….that was before CDs and Videos were rare! So finding you on U Tube at the beginning of lock down was a breath of fresh air: some of those yanks don’t half

Charlie Chavasse
Monday 18 May, 2020

Educational and Fun

With the implications of lockdown Martin embarked on producing a live video. I have watched almost all of his pre recorded videos to learn what I could and have been fortunate in being able to have a days tuition with Martin in his workshop. My self taught skills were enhanced tremendously with Martins tuition and

Brian West
Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Thank you

In these unpredictable and unprecedented times you have been no less than a blessing. I am unable to go outside and have been house bound for the last five weeks. You have maintained and improved my interest in wood turning. I sincerely hope that you are well and above all, stay well. You have kept

FrederDay
Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Finishing like Glass

Hi Martin
I thoroughly enjoyed your 3 live demonstrations regarding colouring and finishing and found them very instructive. I would complement you on your presentation skills and covering how to properly present the tools to the wood and also the perils of wrong presentation. Additionally, your clear and concise advice on the various finishes,

Alistair Thomson
Wednesday 13 May, 2020

How come I knew so little?

Watched a demonstration on Saturday by Martin, last in a trilogy about glass like finishes. I have been hobby turning for three years, self taught, and I thought I had the basics sorted. How wrong could I be? Watching the demonstration showed me first of all why my finishes were poor, but secondly and more

David Robertson
Monday 11 May, 2020

Grateful

I’d like to thank you for your informative and well presented vids. It’s not until I saw your “Making sapele interesting 1” did I truly understand the presentation of the bowl gouge onto the wood. The use of your graphics and the close-ups really put me straight. So much so; I went to my “man

Bryan Holden
Monday 11 May, 2020

Escape from reality!

The last few months have been difficult for everyone across the country but Martin’s online live demos have really helped get me through! I work in the NHS and have found tuning in for the live demos has really helped me to relax and wind down from the day job. The demo’s are interesting and

Alison Oram
Monday 11 May, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 lockdown has

The ongoing COVID-19 lockdown has seen many people changing things up a gear in order to alter their way of doing things.
In the world of woodturning, nobody has worked harder and adapted faster than Martin, who has seized the opportunity to reach more people and share his skills with turners of all experience

Muzzy Woodsmithery
Thursday 7 May, 2020

I have watched every live

I have watched every live demo Martin has done, they are superb learning opportunities mixed with good repartee both from Martin and the accompanying chat. Keeping us all sane during these trying times.
Congratulations.

Edward Weeks
Thursday 7 May, 2020

Excellence in Finishing

Hi Martin, I would just like to say a big thank you for all of your live demos and in particular to the Excellence in Finishing on line class which I found extremely useful and interesting. It was well put together and well explained, the photography was good as were the graphics that you had

Julian Cleak
Monday 4 May, 2020

Fanatical! The finish and demo!

Martin, just like your finishing products your demos are Fantastic! You put together a great line up of demonstrations and you setup each one brilliantly. I never feel like I’ve attended a a crowded space. It’s like gathering with friends to learn a new technique and not a lecture. I’ve attended several now and feel

Mike Doyle
Monday 4 May, 2020

WooCommerce Review #195

Martin did a demo for the Kennet Valley, Berkshire and Surrey clubs and we had a grand evening, very enjoyable and educational at the same time.
The views of tool presentation and screen overlays to reinforce the point were spot on and really helpful, something viewers were keen to comment on afterwards.
Martin

Phil Boulter
Saturday 2 May, 2020

Thank you!

Brilliant demonstrations, Martin. Looking forward to shaking your in person some day. Keep us in mind when you want to do your tour of the States – lancasterareawoodturners.org would be honored to sponsor a demo. Loved the Saturday morning shows, but appreciate your schedule change and I get to watch when work permits. Be safe

Michael J Jungkurth
Thursday 30 April, 2020

Pastel Shades

Martin, I have watched both of your pastel shades live demonstrations on you tube and have loved not only the pieces, but your whole format; you give clear, concise explanations of what and why you are doing things a certain way, you engage with your viewers and take the time to answer questions that we

Ligia Rodrigues
Saturday 25 April, 2020

Keep up the good work

Martin,
Just a quick thank you for all you do for us turners. Learning, entertainment and quality products. You have done a great job of turning a hobby into a business. I have made several purchases from Wood World of Texas. They are an honest company that ships quick. On a couple of occasions

Tom Sorg
Thursday 23 April, 2020

Love the live demos

Love the love demos. I have learned so much in watching the excellent presentations and hope I can master the skills you are teaching. My first lesson was there is no need for speed and the second was no matter whose finishing products you use poor preparation will always shine through.
The pic a

Graham Taylor
Thursday 16 April, 2020

Last two live demo’s

As a new comer to wood turning, only starting last September. The last two live demo’ have help me in leaps and bounds, with the information and techniques you have showed us. Thank you very much.

James hooper
Wednesday 15 April, 2020

I think the live demo’s

I think the live demo’s are a fantastic way for people like me, who are relatively new to turning and get so much knowledge passed on at each demo. Martin is like a personal tutor whilst giving a demo to 200+ viewers. Always willing to answer questions and give encouragement to others. Every demo I

Colin Ball
Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Very Easy to Understand

Hi martin sorry to bother you ,i missed your live bowl demo but watched the repeat last night.just letting you know i loved it it was very infomative and was very easy to understand ,i have watched loads of bowl vids and none of them come close to yours superb keep up the good work

Martin Gill
Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Elegant Beginners Bowl

Hi Martin,
Unfortunately I was unable to watch the live feed on Saturday, however I did watch it on Saturday evening. I really enjoy these sessions that you put on for us and it’s something to look forward to during these days full of doom and gloom.
I have watched all of the

Keith Callaway
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Shout out from Indiana, USA

Martin,
I have been a fan of yours for a long time. I am an experienced woodturner and active in our local club (CICAAW.org). Your live demos are great. I always like to teach others and I realize you have a mixed audience. I like the way you describe what you are doing, the

Richard Parker
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Hi MartinI find your live

Hi Martin
I find your live demos are made in a very professional kind. (And I have to admit that I learn a lot of thing I’ll use in my own demos, thanks).
Thank you ver much.
Stay safe
matthias

Matthias Bachofen
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Extraordinary Certificate of Excellence in Finishing

I booked into Martins course, Extraordinary Certificate of Excellence in Finishing and produced a couple of pieces based on what was required and what we learned from him. Watching Martin on YouTube and doing this course has changed the way I work, I have only been woodturning a very short time and the enjoyment has

James Threadingham
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

I find these demonstrations very

I find these demonstrations very informative.
They are delivered in a very easy style to watch.
I bought coloured materials at Harrogate and now I have the confidence to give it a go. Sadly I have run out of appropriate balnks, but I know where to get them from and will do so.

Michael Dench
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

The Best Way To Get Through Crazy Times

I was glad when Martin decided to start doing live streams as I have been watching his videos for a couple of years when I decided that I wanted to start woodturning when I retire.
These were the first ‘live’ things I had seen and I am so glad I started. It’s a bit

John Howard
Sunday 12 April, 2020

Recent Live Demonstrations

In my opinion the recent live demonstration have been a complete success and getting better each time. The atmosphere is not the usual video you are there with Martin working live. The chat panel makes it feel more like a virtual gathering in Martin’s workshop. Instructive, Informative and a lot of fun..Thank you

Brian West
Sunday 12 April, 2020

The Master Wood Turner at work

Martin does great demonstrations and it is not rushed in any way, he thoroughly explains everything in detail from start to finish. . The demo’s go on for longer than normal because of answering questions to his wood turning followers all over the world but that just shows how passionate Martin is towards what he

Clive Gouger
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Attention to detail

Absolutely brilliant demo as usual, I am a new turner and still get regular catches due to poor tool presentation, today’s demo made perfect sense to me and I immediately went to my lathe to try it out. Still too many catches but a vast improvement. Absolutely loving wood turning, should have tried it years

Dave Stocks
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Hi Martin, since the start

Hi Martin, since the start of your live demos started I have been highly impressed and very much enjoyed the way you present the demo in a relaxed informal and very informative manner, even when things don’t go as planned, but that is part of the fun, it takes a lot to pry me from

Ray Heaton
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Interaction

Hello Martin
I recently found you on YouTube looking for ways to dye a project. I am always searching for new techniques. I have been turning for 9 years now and found your demos not only enjoyable but also learning new ways of doing something. I also find your interaction with the online audience

Brian Newton
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Superb Webinars/Web-Based Demos

I have now attended 4 of Martin’s web-based demos. Every one was extremely well done. While Martin’s woodturning skills are beyond question, I was totally impressed by his ability to teach. Each webinar was well structured. He has developed excellent graphics and uses them to reinforce key points in the demos. He schedules regular breaks

Jon Minerich
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Demonstrations

Hello Martin I think your demonstrations are excellent. I have only been turning for a few months and have learnt so much from them. The way you present them covers the beginners to the most competent turner. I can’t just be me who gets so much out of them, just look at the viewing figures.

Steve Robbins
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Hi Martin, To days live

Hi Martin,
To days live demonstration was a most enjoyable experience, as indeed have all the others so far! I have learnt SO much from this series of presentations and look forward to each and everyone of them.
Your presentation style, Camera quality and graphics are first class.
The live presentations are

John Farnsworth
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Very Enjoyable

Really enjoyed the demonstration and I thought the explanations of the techniques was first rate.

Martin Martin Shepheard
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Excellent demonstration videos

Hi Martin, watched the sharpening video earlier this week and now I’m saving up for the Robert Sorby Pro Edge system.
Your videos have helped me get started and given me ideas, I have only been turning for about 9 months but I’m looking at this as a way to keep busy in my

Lee Basham
Saturday 11 April, 2020

Fantastic!

I have watched most of Martin’s videos and have always learnt a lot from them.
Since these live demos have been taking place I’ve learnt so much more!
A friend and I were due to attend one of the finishing courses but then the virus struck. The introduction of the live demonstrations from

Thomas Croll
Friday 10 April, 2020

I recently took in the

I recently took in the Excellence in finishing demonstration. I was very pleased with the straight forward delivery of techniques and guidance provided. Your delivery was clear, concise and at time’s light hearted. Thank you for making my journey into turning a rewarding experience.

Ron Kisko
Sunday 5 April, 2020

Excellent Instructor for Excellence in Finishing

Watching Martin demo/teach his excellence in finishing was a wonderful treat. I’m very grateful for being able to be one of the ones able to watch this live durning this trying time of the COVID-19. He explains his work very well. His technique to finishing is like no other. I’ve learn a lot over the

Dara Coulon
Sunday 5 April, 2020

Sort of Demo cross Lesson

Sort of Demo cross Lesson Corvid-19 enforced live YouTube session. I have seen Martin demonstrate at Yandles back in the days when going out and standing next to people was an option, I also find myself at a point where my outlets can’t open so I don’t need to make stuff to put in them,

Pete Ravenscroft
Sunday 5 April, 2020

Great entertainment

Martin just has a way to keep you entertained while teaching you his excellent techniques and how to use his brilliant products to achieve best results.
The YouTube live demos are just superb cant wait for the next one.
I have been turning three months and used his techniques to make my first

Paul Ralph
Saturday 4 April, 2020

Great video program

I was logged on to the course the other night and was exceptionally pleased with your content, explanation and clear instructions. Plus you have a very good technique to be able to keep ones interest going the whole length of the transmission! It was an excellent video. I’m now preparing my “exam” pieces to submit,

Peter Stanley
Saturday 4 April, 2020

Extraordinary Live Demonstration

Sadly a family emergency prevented me watching the live broadcast but Martin had recorded the lesson so I viewed it the next day. It was a fabulous video full of great content, instruction and guidance. I identified my own finishing technique was flawed and applying what Martin had demonstrated yesterday I was amazed at the

Brian West
Saturday 4 April, 2020

Hi Martin, Finally caught up

Hi Martin, Finally caught up on the recorded finishing demo and looking forward to cracking on with my demo pieces. Was on duty last night but kept an eye on the advanced finishing during my break and again, will catch up on the recorded version today.
The demonstrations you do are extremely professional, great

Brian West
Friday 3 April, 2020

Martin’s performances are very instructive

Martin’s performances are very instructive and detailed. He answers as many questions as he can and passes an amazing amount of information at the same time. I have learned so much from him that I hope to improve my tuning in the future.
The recent videos for whilst we are staying at home are

Adrian Moore
Friday 3 April, 2020

Hi martin. I really enjoyed

Hi martin. I really enjoyed the demo last night. I was so impressed I decided to have a go and ordered some intrinsic paints. The sanding tool you were using, was it from simon hope? You made it look very impressive.

Fernley Tout
Friday 3 April, 2020

Hi Martin…I imagine it’s very

Hi Martin…I imagine it’s very busy on your site given the amount of people who tune in!…but that’s good, for you.
Just got my selection of embellishing waxes through today so will have a crack with them at some point (just the little test pots) my wife and I enjoyed the video on the

Nigel Oram
Friday 3 April, 2020

Hi Martin,Really enjoyed the excellence

Hi Martin,
Really enjoyed the excellence in finishing video on Tuesday evening. I for one found the video a perfect way to learn and hone my knowledge on sanding and finishing my work. All from the comfort of my favourite chair I tried to donate but couldn’t seem to do it in a “live”

Colin
Thursday 2 April, 2020

Fab demo on Tuesday. Learned

Fab demo on Tuesday. Learned so much.
Also enjoying putting into practice what I’ve learnt
Fingers crossed

shauny092
Thursday 2 April, 2020

Enjoyed your demo this morning

Enjoyed your demo this morning (New Zealand time!). Mark

Mark von Dadelszen
Thursday 2 April, 2020