About Martin Saban-Smith RPT

Martin is a well known YouTubing professional woodturner with an internationally known and respected channel with around 200 turning and business oriented videos on it.

He lives in Hampshire with his family, a stones throw from his businesses at the back of the popular garden centre his grandparents started back in 1953.

When time (and energy permits), Martin enjoys being outdoors. Sometimes walking, other times cycling, but mostly to escape!

Martin’s own turning is more artistic rather than practical. Many pieces can be found on his YouTube channel, and as this site develops, the pieces will be displayed here, too. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, contact Martin for details.

Popular on the UK demonstration and show circuit, Martin’s presentations are full of energy and enthusiasm for his work, inspiring others to take their own turning to the next level.

In 2020, he introduced a new level of remote demonstration standards as people turned to the internet more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has always been a goal of Martin’s to achieve professional standards in his work. In a previous occupation, he was a professional photographer and Licensiate of the Master Photographers Association.

In October 2018, Martin was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners (RPT), which is supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners, one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London.

Now on the RPT committee, Martin is responsible for the website and social media presence of the Register and has hosted a series of online meetings for its members about using social media in their own woodturning businesses.

As the developer of the Hampshire Sheen range of products, Martin makes each tin for UK, US and European customers and retailers, taking pride in the fact that it has become a go-to finish for turners everywhere. He continues to strive to product, by hand, the best finishing waxes available.

Colouring wood is a passion for Martin, and many of his pieces have colour applied to them, as well as other embellishments.

In early 2017, he blended his own range of water based colours in shades that he prefers – the Intrinsic Colour Collection.

This range of moody shades are different to the other brighter colours on the market, and lend an additional level of atmosphere to turned work. They are in demand all over the UK and the US, where they will soon be available to buy.

Living and working just a few miles from renowned turner Les Thorne RPT, their paths often crossed, and in 2020 (at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic), they decided it would be a good time to consolidate their workshops and form ‘The Woodturning Shop’.

From there, they do their normal work, but also teach and are building a retail shop, too.

Visit The Woodturning Shop here . . .

You can keep up with Martin on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube using these links:


A keen teacher of woodturning and creative skills, Martin offers group and individual turning courses from The Woodturning Shop that he started in 2020 with Les Thorne RPT. Click here to find out more about the woodturning classes available.