Demo History

Demo History

Martin has been demonstrating on the UK club circuit since 2015 and has developed his own style of demonstrating that brings his energy for turning, knowledge and insights to clubs across the country. And now, with his permanent remote demo set-up, he can bring that to clubs around the world, too!

Well received by audiences and online viewers alike, Martin’s presentations informal, entertaining and above all, informative. His understanding of colour and form is clearly communicated.

The easiest way to book is to choose one of the demonstrations below and request the booking online. All the costs are worked out for.


25th June – West Midlands Woodturners


5th March – Sandon Woodturners
11th March – Surrey Association of Woodturners
April – Woodturning360
17th May – Forest of Bere Woodturners
8th June – Gloucester Association of Woodturners
9th June – Gloucester Association of Woodturners Day Masterclass
20th July – Berkshire Woodturners
15th – 16th July – Yandles
18th July – Test Valley Turners
20th July – Berkshire Woodturners
26th August – SWAT (USA) Lead Demonstrator
27th August – SWAT (USA) Lead Demonstrator
28th August – SWAT (USA) Lead Demonstrator
31st August – Burnham-on-Sea Woodturners
2nd September– Denmark
3rd September– Denmark
4th September– Denmark
26th September – East Surrey Woodturners
29th October – Isle of Wight
13th October– Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club
21st October– Sweden
22nd October- Sweden
23rd October- Sweden
30th October – Isle of Wight
11th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
12th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
13th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
10th December– Sandon Woodturners


9th January – The Walnut Log – USA (IRD)
17th January – Huddersfield Woodturners
29th January – Island Woodturners Guild (Vancouver)
6th February – Garden of England Woodturners, Kent
9th February – Herts and Beds Woodturners*
23rd February – Lincolnshire Wolds Woodturners
27th February – Wood World of Texas – USA (IRD)
13th May – Huddersfield Woodturners
6th September – Hampshire Woodturners
29th September – Tudor Rose Woodturners
9th October – Hampshire Sheen Excellence in Finishing IRD
19th October – Hampshire Sheen Excellence in Finishing IRD
29th October – Kreative Dages (Denmark)
30th October – Kreative Dages (Denmark)
31st October – Kreative Dages (Denmark)


*- Remote Demonstration

9th January – Oxon Woodturners, Littlemore
18th January –
 Axminster Tools and Machinery, High Wycombe
1st February – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Nuneaton
29th February – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke
2nd March – Hampshire Woodturners, Eastleigh.
16th March – Test Valley Woodturners, Longstock, Hampshire – POSTPONED
17th March – YouTube Live
21st March – YouTube Live
21st March – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Warrington – POSTPONED
24th March – YouTube Live
26th March – YouTube Live
27th March – Newark Woodworking Show – POSTPONED
28th March – Newark Woodworking Show – POSTPONED
28th March – YouTube Live
30th March – East Surrey Woodturners, Selsdon – POSTPONED
30th March – YouTube Live
31st March – YouTube Live
2nd April – YouTube Live
7th April – YouTube Live
11th April – YouTube Live
14th April – YouTube Live
21st April – YouTube Live
25th April – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Axminster POSTPONED
25th April – YouTube Live
28th April – YouTube Live
2nd May – Makers Central, NEC Birmingham – POSTPONED
3rd May – Makers Central, NEC Birmingham – POSTPONED
2nd May – YouTube Live
5th May – YouTube Live
9th May – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Cardiff – POSTPONED
9th May – YouTube Live
12th May – YouTube Live
19th May – YouTube Live
23rd May – Axminster Tools and Machinery, North Shields – POSTPONED
26th May – YouTube Live
30th May – Sandon Woodturners, Essex – POSTPONED
20th June – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Sittingbourne – POSTPONED
25th June – Hereford Woodturners*
26th June – Yandles and Sons, Martock – POSTPONED
1st July – Ely Guild of Woodturners*
6th July – Woodturning360*
8th July – Gloucestershire Woodturners*
9th July – Staffordshire and South Cheshire Woodturners Association*
10th July – Surrey Association of Woodturners*
20th July – Test Valley Turners
15th August – Northwest Washington Woodturners, USA*
7th September – Woodturning 360 – Remote Demonstration
11th September – Yandles Woodworking Show – POSTPONED
12th September – Yandles Woodworking Show – POSTPONED
16th September – North London Woodturners*
24th September – Tudor Rose Woodturning*
30th September – Burnham on Sea Woodturning Club – CANCELLED
20th October – Woodturning360*
2nd November – Woodturning 360*
13th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat- POSTPONED
14th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat- POSTPONED
15th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat- POSTPONED
26th November – Traedrejerbutikken – Denmark (IRD)
27th November – Breeze Woodturning (IRD)
28th November – Wood World of Texas – USA (IRD)
30th November – The Carpentry Store – Ireland (IRD)
4th December – Snainton Woodworking (IRD)
5th December – The Walnut Log – USA (IRD)
14th December – Sand Tredreieutstyr – Norway (IRD)


12th January – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Axminster
26th January – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Nuneaton
2nd March – Axminster Tools and Machinery, North Shields
16th March – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Sittingbourne
22nd March – Midlands Show, Newark. Demos for Turner’s Retreat
23rd March – Midlands Show, Newark. Demos for Turner’s Retreat
30th March – Axminster Tools and Machinery, High Wycombe
12th April – Record Power Roadshow, Yandles, Somerset
13th April
 – Record Power Roadshow, Yandles, Somerset
20th April – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Warrington
11th May – Makers Central, NEC, Birmingham,  Demos for Turner’s Retreat
12th May
 – Makers Central, NEC, Birmingham,  Demos for Turner’s Retreat
25th May – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Cardiff
6th September – Yandles Woodworking Show, Martock, Somerset
7th September – Yandles Woodworking Show, Martock, Somerset
10th September – Kennet Valley Woodturners
12th September – Staffordshire and South Cheshire Woodturners Association
14th September – Orchard Woodturners, Kent
24th September – Martock Woodturners, Somerset
28th September – Isle of Wight Woodturners
12th October – Sarnia Woodturners, Guernsey
18th – 20th October – Irish Woodturners Guild Seminar, Limerick.
26th October – Sandon Woodturners, Essex
2nd November – Garden of England Woodturners, Kent
15th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat
16th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat
17th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show, for Turner’s Retreat


17th January – Berkshire Woodturners
18th January – Avon and Bristol
25th January – Hereford Woodurners
13th April – Yandles Woodworking Show 
14th April – Yandles Woodworking Show
5th May 
– Makers Central, NEC Birmingham
6th May – Makers Central, NEC Birmingham
11th May – Surrey Association of Woodturners
26th/27th May – Grampian Woodturners
31st May – Isle of Mull Woodturners
23rd June – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke
1st July – UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium, Coventry
10th July – Herts and Beds Woodturners
12th July – Huddersfield Woodturners
7th September – Yandles Woodworking Show
8th September – Yandles Woodworking Show
9th November
 – The Carpentry Store, Dublin
10th September – The Carpentry Store, Dublin
16th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
17th November
 – Harrogate Woodworking Show
18th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
5th December – Ringwood Woodturners
9th December – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke


10th January – Kennet Valley Woodturners
8th March – Birstall Woodturners
7th April
– Yandles Woodworking Show 
8th April
– Yandles Woodworking Show
15th July
 – UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium, Coventry
16th July – UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium, Coventry
8th September – Yandles Woodworking Show
9th September – Yandles Woodworking Show
12th October – Fairlop Woodturners
19th October – Ashdown Woodturners Association
17th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
18th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
19th November – Harrogate Woodworking Show
16th December – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke


January – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke
15th June – Forest of Bere Woodturners
18th June – UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium, Coventry
19th June – UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium, Coventry
5th August – Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
6th August – Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
7th August – Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
16th November – Berkshire Woodturning Association


21st November 2015 – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke
22nd November 2015 – Axminster Tools and Machinery, Basingstoke

Audience Feedback

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 live demonstration that we do not know about but he takes it all in his stride. Thank you Martin for what you do for all us woodturners.

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 speak. The “body” cam was also a good idea as we could see the posture and movement.
One thing that I have taken away from this is the bevel angle that you use, I have re-ground one of my gouges to see if it helps.
Thank you to both of you for a great demo.

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 Zoom demonstrations, particularly during Covid, which has created a wide following of ‘keen to improve’ woodturners. ‘Demos’ don’t just happen, they have to be planned in detail, with the right content, and executed with perfection. Martin ticks all those boxes and more. He is an extremely likeable and humble woodturner and his followers just can’t get enough – quite simply because they learn so much from his easy and informative style.

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 demonstration ( although I did not pay as an original member of the 360 Woodturning group) and I would strongly recommend this demo for other turners at the same stage of development as myself. I am looking forward to future demos and the opportunity to learn more. Thank you again Martin for all your hard work and the time I know it takes to prepare for this kind of thing.

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 definitely be attending.
Many thanks for Your time Martin and also the same to your good lady Wife 😊👍🏼

Mark Lawrence
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

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

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 and can be attached to the lathe, again i learnt or was reminded of the proper way it should be done, familiarity breeds sloppy work. We then looked at the tools that would be used and the gouge size and grind . Discussion then followed about the benefits of using a tenon or mortar and how the wood should be prepared to accept attaching to the chuck and lathe.
Their always a lot of talk about turning the inside of the bowl, ie, inside to outside or visa versa, I learnt that for thin walled you should start from the outside and work in and for the thick walled inside out, this helps with stability of the turning as you progress.
I find Martin’s style of teaching as business like but also a willingness to hear the questions of the attendee’s , he tells us what and how he is going to teach and in what order, which help me personally as I need to make many notes so I do not get confused as to what I have written.
The finishes aspect of the turning wasn’t covered but explained with a promise of laying on another session another time to go through that in detail.
Excellent teacher, well timed and an extremely enjoyable 3 hours.
Thank you Martin.

John Foster
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

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 a greater understanding of bowl gouges and also know where I was going wrong before.
I would recommend these courses to anyone, new turners or experienced.

Rob Crew
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

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 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

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 very useful; thanks

Perry Laithwaite
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

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 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

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.

Thank you

Mark Woodward
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 hints and tips. So often people try to hide how to do things. Martin is the complete opposite, wanting everyone to be at the same standard as himself, selfless and encouraging.

I only wish I could hang onto the demo recording so that I can get the push cut mastered – I still haven’t even after an improvers course (nickname is now ‘Stabber’) and also seeing Martin so ably demonstrate the cut online, many times.

I am looking forward to future online training sessions with excitement.
Thanks so much Martin.

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


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 in tackling some more difficult projects as I was able to ask questions on some personal upcoming challenges. Really worthwhile which I would be happy to recommend to others.

Phillip Willmot
Wednesday 3 August, 2022



Wednesday 3 August, 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 stay focused on the content, the pace was just right, with a good mix of presentation and answering viewers questions. I gained a lot of knowledge from this presentation, some of which I have already successfully put into practise.
Excellence in finishing and excellence in presenting, I would highly recommend this demo to turners of all levels.

Alan Hill
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

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 to

gerard dubois
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 am going to try. Thank you for an informative, well paced demonstration.

Paul Mckernan
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 Stevens
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

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

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 few weeks ago I went on a pen-turning taster session which I fully enjoyed and in two weeks I’m going on a weekend woodturning course, again at Yandles.
I’m an avid watcher of your videos on Youtube and I really enjoyed your demonstration, learning how finished products can then be turned into something really beautiful, watching your techniques, listening how you apply the different waxes, oils and lacquers you produce was just so interesting and grasped my attention fully. There was a lot of information and I couldn’t keep up writing down everything so I glad you have provided the link to watch the demonstration again.

Thank you again

David Cullen (DC Cullen)
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 also why Martin recommends his process. The questions from other participants was really great and helped to diversify the discussion. I learnt a few things now not to do, which I had read on various free websites that can or should be done and this will save me time and money in the future. Free course, great presentation and i learnt alot – who could ask for better than that!

Christopher Arnold
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 am very thankful.
I only watch certain turners YouTube such as yourself Mike Waldt and a great turner based in Cheshire.
My only regret is that you aren’t a lot closer so I could enjoy great learning tips.
There was only a slight downside I would suggest to split the course as it was to long 4 hours. I was happy with content however for yourself I feel it’s a big requirement from yourself. Maybe a couple of hours however I loved all the same. I’m just a beginner and finding my way everything is helpful I will be purchasing your products based on what I believe to be top class.
Cheers Martin for all that you do.

Virgil Crawford
Thursday 21 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


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

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

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.
Keep up the good work.

Colin McKenzie
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 time now, I am of the opinion that you can never stop learning and such was the case last evening. I found the program very informative, entertaining and I gained a lot of useful tips.
There is also the added bonus of being able to watch the recording over the next few days, which I will be doing as I am sure that there are things that I missed when the attention started to wane a little.
Once again many thanks for an enjoyable evening.
Kind regards,
Keith Callaway.

Keith Callaway
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.

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 we can look and learn any time. I would be willing to pay for that demo and the energy u gave is motivation to do it our self. And I like the way u don’t push for sales too. Well done a great evening demo m8

Dewi bowen
Wednesday 20 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


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

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

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

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 knowledge. Rather than trying to dazzle the audience he chose to address only those things of which he knew and understood. Four hours of information. Four hours well spent. Thanks Martin

Marcel Durette
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

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


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 turning over 20 years. Looking forward to a new chapter in finishing
Thanks for a great demo

Pete Kaup
Friday 15 October, 2021


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

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


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


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

Gav Eades
Sunday 10 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 or anecdotes from the audience) and I came away thinking about what and how I could do to achieve the same levels of finish as Martin does.

Trace Currall
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.
A very worthwhile session from which I learned a great deal.
Many, many thanks

Adrian Olsen
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Martin, Excellent demo for excellence in

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 actual demo has finished would be good, as I had a few queries that only occurred to me after the event.
Many thanks again,

John Nunn
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

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

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 embellishing waxes so i can try it myself 🙂 )

Paul Steyfkens
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

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 peace meal. Stop and take notes, etc.
Thanks Martin, great job!

Jim Westmoreland
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

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

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 covering waxes, sealers and oils and their proper uses up to his system to achieve a mirror finish on a laquered bowl. Almost 4 hours tuition, information and Martins experience gained over the years all condensed into an indepth and informative demonstration. There was so much information, tips and techniques that I had to watch the recording later and added another two pages of notes that I missed during the live session..Just a truly excellent demonstration, I learned so much. Thank you Martin.

Brian West
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


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

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

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

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative demonstration from Martin.

Norman Greenwell
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 put into creating the event.

Peter Alan Lake
Saturday 9 October, 2021


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

Neal robinson
Saturday 9 October, 2021

Excellent Demo

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

Mike Willis
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

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 from my point of view you are doing a great job considering all the stuff you got going on.

Peter Alan Lake
Thursday 22 October, 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

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.

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 Sauvignon!)

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.

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.

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.

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 so need all the help I can get. I appreciate the members are from a wide range to experience and expertise but for a beginner this was an excellent session. It was so helpful to watch a project demonstrated showing the stages undertaken. I was particularly struck by the fact that Martin understood a lot of the problems that beginners have and was able to show why these occurred and how to avoid/repair them. I thought the combination of demo and overlay graphics excellent.

I have spent the last 25 years teaching and I know a good teacher when I see one. Please pass my thanks to Martin. I enjoy the learning and social aspects of our live meetings but can see there are real plusses
to this style of demo/teaching.

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 of the process and mechanics of wood turning answered many questions.  I now know what I have been doing wrong…!

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.

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


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 the best

John Charnley
Monday 8 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 they couldn’t ask even a basic question. The on screen graphics really helped to enhance the explanations that Martin was giving and the use of several cameras at different angles was very helpful and you really felt you were getting personal tuition. I particularly found the camera set up further away showing how Martin stands was useful as it clearly showed how to hold the tool and how to move the whole body for certain cuts of the wood. As a new wood-turner I tend to stand very stiffly, gripping the tool too hard! As always Martin was very generous with his time, happy to answer as many questions as were asked and to show something again if anyone needed him to. I would highly recommend these demo’s to any new wood-turners out there. Thanks again Martin.

Alison Oram
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 was friendly and no question was to small. And the inclusion, at a later date, of crib sheets to refer to at a later date is a bonus. Keeping up the good work Martin

Dave Bradford
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 #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 on-screen graphics. He allows time for questions and goes the extra mile to be sure that the group get to see all relevant steps, even if it means his time on screen is extended. Using ZOOM is a good medium as it means things can be shown to Martin for him to comment on, or if you wish, a message can be sent as apposed to being on screen which some people may not be happy about. It also means that it can be kept lighthearted when appropriate. All together, a useful session and Martin presents in a very seasoned, professional manner

Nigel Oram
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 the wood. The option of being able to ask questions throughout the demonstration was great and as it was aimed at beginners no one felt they couldn’t ask even a basic question. Martin was also very generous with his time and happy to answer as many questions as were asked at the end. Thanks for a great demo!

Alison Oram
Saturday 6 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 necessary, made the whole thing easy to watch and learn.
To be honest all of my knowledge on turning so far has come from you, after watching quite a few video’s and live sessions on your YouTube channel.
Questions asked were answered I thought in a very concise way and came over in a non patronising manner.
Did not realise how quickly it all went till you said goodbye, no idea it over ran.
Can not wait till the Bowl Turning Evening on Tuesday 2nd June.
One last thing I would like to say thank you for is giving your time to put these sessions on also including the live ones during this time of uncertainly going on in the world.

Mr Andrew S Lauben-Pearson
Saturday 6 June, 2020


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

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

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.
well done . keep on doing what you do best and STAY SAFE

gerard dubois
Monday 1 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 like coming out of the darkness – especially on oft-mentioned subjects such as grain direction, bevel rubbing and catches. Martin patiently and carefully explained and demonstrated everything, fully addressing our questions and checking throughout that we understood. The wide angle and close up camera / video shots during the online demonstration made everything so much clearer. Really helpful pictures were overlaid on the screen as needed (e.g. highlighting and naming each part of a tool). There was a lot on the safety aspects, with the right amount of warning to ensure that we are likely to approach the lathe with due respect.

This online demonstration showed very clearly how much benefit there is in online interactive demonstrations / tuition, when it is done by someone who is a talented and engaging tutor and with a good camera set up. It also helped that Martin had an able and experienced wing man (Phil Boulter) to keep a check on proceedings and add to the commentary.

Finally, it was really helpful to be able to return to the video of the demonstration later to watch it through again thoroughly and make full notes for future reference.

Vicki Miller
Monday 1 June, 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 too much. Brilliant session and signed up for the next one.

David Robertson
Saturday 30 May, 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 of the action, along with well produced graphics to illustrate the matters under discussion.

The main highpoint was Martins teaching style. Well paced, clear, and detailed without being overwhelming. Very focused on establishing, and reinforcing, safe working practice. Careful choice of camera viewpoint ensured that the practical demonstrations were observed from the best angle, in many cases better than you could safely get if you were physically present!

The use of an intermediate facilitator ensured that all questions were answered, with many taken and the answer practically demonstrated.

Martins very matter of fact approach, and his openness about tools not often used and areas that he did not actively work in, only added value, and reinforced the need to be ‘skills aware’ when working around the lathe. One of the key safety messages “If you are not sure, Stop” resonated with many of the audience who were also new to the lathe.

All in all, from first contact, through delivery, and in follow up, a really comfortable learning experience, delivered in a relaxed, efficient and easily assimilated style.

Thank you Martin

Phil Abraham
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. I feel a lot more comfortable with my lathe now.


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 great instructor, and knows his stuff.
Martin is at the top of the list of woodturning teachers. He puts a lot of thought and work in the preparation and hosting his classes.
Thank you Martin for everything you do. I hope to meet you at the AAW Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska next year.

Scott Hampton
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 the current covid situation and gave everyone a chance to interact and ask questions. Well done!

Helen Bowstead Stallybrass
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 #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 can understand, he explains what he is doing and why, how to use something and why and his passion for what he dose best flows though each stage of the demo like a running tap….. the way he makes time to answers questions during and after each demo is outstanding, he truly is a credit to the turning community that he belongs to. I for one cannot wait until the next demo.

laurence griffin
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.
You are a teacher for all of us.

Tom Grillo
Monday 25 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.

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 bang on! There are some good ‘uns but you need to be selective. I’ve enjoyed many of your clips. I was looking forward to the Live beginners finishing, which you Had to cancel but the Finishing Excellence was great and very informative. Hope to pop and see what you’re up to tomorrow but I have a piece of walnut on the large which was blown down on our farm over 20 years ago and is now destined to be a pepper mill! ? Love wood, love it even more if I know the providence! Thank you for the inspiration, I’ll be keeping an eye out for you. Stay well, stay healthy and stay sane during these challenging time! Best wishes Charlie in Co Waterford

Charlie Chavasse
Monday 18 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, what to avoid and the possible repercussions of overlaying finishing materials with a different base. Your comments on turning the base and finishing either a spigot or dovetail caused me to reconsider how I was doing it. I can well understand why you are held in such high regard as a demonstrator. Well done and thanks.

Alistair Thomson
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 me sane…thank you so much. Your presence on the screen is both professional and informative and you definitely portray a philanthropic disposition. I wish I could do something for you………
I was hoping to see you at the Sittingbourne Axminster store in July, but that now looks very unlikely.

Well done you……

Made these this week…….

Wednesday 13 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 so I was keen to watch a live broadcast. Martin has a great sense of fun that he adds to his excellent way in delivering tuition in a professional but laid back manner. He doesnt cut corners and some life demos have been 2+ hours with lots of Q & A moments with live chat. It almost like having one to one tuition but from the comfort of your own home. He regularly attracts audiences of three to four hundred viewing the live broadcasts from around the globe.. Martin provides great tuition and entertainment completely free of charge because he feels he has an obligation to promote safe and skillful woodturning. Hopefully Martin will be doing some more live sessions but for now, he deserves a break. Thank you Martin for all you have given us. It was my pleasure to meet you and learn on the one to one day and you continue to teach and inspire. Kindest regards to you and the family.. Brian. (aka Buster)

Brian West
Wednesday 13 May, 2020


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 cave” and made my first bowl using my 3/8 gouge, (mainly). It was a joy to behold(en). Thank you Martin, well instructed sir. 🙂

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 informative but also have a lighthearted approach with the ‘banter’ from everyone who tunes in. I love the way Martin can interact with the audience, it makes us all feel involved in the process. It is clear how hard Martin works putting these demos together and he has brought a lot of pleasure to people across the globe and allowed us all to ‘switch off’ from the real world problems for a few hours each week. Thanks Martin for keeping us all entertained.

Alison Oram
Monday 11 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 importantly there was so much additional information. Little things from how and when to change the angle of the chisel, why cloths were a safety hazard and how to work the sanding tools correctly.
I took notes because I couldn’t keep all of the additional information in my head when there was more coming thick and fast. I wanted to make sure that this demo wasn’t a one-off so I had a look at how to use the ProEdge Sharpener. No one had ever advised me what the triangle bit was for, didn’t know that there was an extra long cylinder, I had been provided with the single hole one which didn’t work for the fingernail profile.
Martin has a lot of demonstrations on YouTube which I will be watching and taking notes from. It shows tremendous generosity and the way Martin works that as a professional turner gives his time, knowledge and advice to so many hobby turners. Thank you, now I have a bowl to watch being coloured.

David Robertson
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 and ability. Being in real time from the beginning of a project to the end, warts and all, his live demos are perfectly-paced and he takes the time to explain everything he is doing step-by-step, answering as many live-chat questions as he can along the way with clarity and humour.
If necessity is the mother of invention, I really think that the circumstances we find ourselves in have created the beginning of a readily-accepted new phase of woodturning, taking the hobby out of village halls (although there will always be a place for that once we can mingle again) and direct in to living rooms and workshops around the world.
Martin is at the forefront of that and he has every right to be proud of his achievements.

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.

Edward Weeks
Thursday 7 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 I have always gained from each one. Needless to say I’d love to meet you in person, shake your hand and have a go at turning something. I hope to book a lesson when this distancing is over. Thanks again for the great lessons, answering any and all questions and letting the chat group be real and fun. Cheers, Mike Doyle

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 made it easy to ask questions and they were all answered fully, this helped to bring the audience into the demonstratrion even though they were sat at home.
All in all a very worthwhile evening and the first one – *not* the last one!!

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 – 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 and keep up the great work! Mike J (GermantownBred)

Michael J Jungkurth
Thursday 30 April, 2020

Pastel Shades


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 raise.

The set up you have is absolutely amazing as is all the work you have put in behind the scenes, including programming the overlays, research, development and all the improvements, which are on-going. With each live demonstration I can see progress and it is very much appreciated.

Thank you.


Ligia Rodrigues
Saturday 25 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 rippled sycamore using Martin’s danish oil and high shine wax. Any imperfections are solely the responsibility of the creator, I will keep trying to apply the lessons I am learning, keep it up Martin and I will keep watching.

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 see I learn something new…..Mostly several things. I know when I get at my lathe I can use the techniques that I’ve seen on the demo and turn safely and fluently, which means I can enjoy my turning even more.

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 live demonstrations that you’ve done and I have picked up lots of useful tips. I am purely a hobby turner and largely self taught from books, YouTube videos and demonstrations at woodworking shows etc. I don’t belong to a club, so therefore I find the demos that you put on of particular interest as you explain fully and in detail what exactly you are doing and why. I thought the Saturday demo was excellent, particularly with the new graphics that you have, it makes what you are showing us much easier to understand, particularly for new turners.
I have been turning for quite a few years now and unfortunately I do not spend as much time practicing as I would like, but I am of the opinion that there is always something new that one can learn and watching you inspires me to get into the workshop and make some shavings.
I also find the Q.A. sessions interesting as questions are asked that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of and it’s good to hear how you respond to them, as it may have particular relevance to things that I do.
I think that what you are doing is fantastic, as a lot of the videos on YouTube don’t have any explanation of what they are doing, it’s just a video of someone making something, okay it’s interesting to see the end result but it would be nice to hear how they achieve it.
I hope you will continue with the “live shows” for the foreseeable future, but understand that it takes a lot of time and preparation and when things get back to “normal” other commitments may become more of a priority and you may not have the time to produce these events.
In the meantime, you are doing a great job!!
Keep safe.
Best wishes,
Keith Callaway.

Keith Callaway
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Shout out from Indiana, USA

I have been a fan of yours for a long time. I am an experienced woodturner and active in our local club ( 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 type of cuts you make, your coloring techniques etc. Keep up the detailed explanations. I like your work.
A question that I have is you frequently start a cut and stop to adjust the tool rest height. You sometimes do this several times. My question is how do you detect that the height isn’t “right”? I get that you visually try to set it, but a lot of times you just stop and change it. Can you “feel” it isn’t right buy the cut? I have tried to determine the differences of feel on tool rest height and I can’t notice anything.

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 Bachofen
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.
Please keep up the good work.

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 like a drug, but in a nice way, once you have started, you are waiting for the next one to come along…. 🙂
I love the way Martin’s enthusiasm for the craft just pops out of the screen, a bit like how the grain pops when you add Hampshire Sheen Danish Oil or Sanding Sealer… He has always been like that though and he jut wants to pass it along to others which is wonderful.
A must watch when, and if, you can shoehorn it into the daily list of “things to do”. And it is truly global as well. I thought I was faintly exotic watching from Southern Spain but they come from all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Now that is popularity.

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 does. Some pieces that I have seen him turn and finishes are out of this world. Thank you Martin.
Clive from Horley

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 ago

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 my usual TV ritual on an evening and weekend, that is not the case with your demos though, I look forward to seeing them and if needed ask a question or two, the Q&As are also very interesting as there are many different questions relating to many aspects of turning, so we are all learning from each others questions, you must be very proud of yourself to have achieved as much as you have in woodturning in such a short time, from the hampshire sheen productions to your teaching and demos, I think you have gathered quite a well knit family of turners with these live demos, so long may they continue beyond the lockdown, congratulations and very well done, I very much appreciate your hard work and support.

Ray Heaton
Saturday 11 April, 2020


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 enjoyable. Stay healthy and safe and keep up the incredible work.

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 during the demos to handle Q&A. Martin’s explanations and the way he manages the Q&A sessions clear up any confusion on the part of the attendees. Finally, his informal style of teaching makes the attendee feel like s/he are conversing with a friend rather than a teacher. As a result, the knowledge transfer is not only easy, it is very enjoyable. All-in-all, Martin’s ability to teach is superb.

Something that may not be apparent to the casual observer is Martin’s mastery of technology. His lighting, camera angles and integration of graphics at the touch of a button, make the webinar almost as good as attending the demo in person. Lastly, Martin’s preparation and setup for each webinar must take a tremendous amount of time. Each demo is superb. The integration of Martin’s instruction, graphics, and hands-on techniques is so smooth and transparent the attendees can hardly imagine the work that goes in to each.

In short, I would like give a “tip of the hat” to Martin on a job very well done!

Jon Minerich
Saturday 11 April, 2020


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. Thank you.

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 a credit to your previous life in photography and graphics, and I look forward to seeing many more in the future, they give me great comfort in these difficult times.
Sincere thanks for all your efforts.
John Farnsworth, Edinburgh

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 retirement, I have sold some work already but mostly I give it away in exchange for wood.

Keep up the excellent work.


Lee Basham
Saturday 11 April, 2020


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 the workshop helped to ease the misfortune of missing the course.
The demos are great, my sanding and finishing has improved, my use of colour and application of final finishes has been transformed and I feel more confident to try new ideas and styles.
Martin presents in a very calm, level, friendly and clear manner. His knowledge and attention to detail is superb.
The benefits of the live demo is that the viewer is able to ask questions and get involved. Martin does his best to help.
The number of viewers is growing each time, a testament to the quality of workmanship being observed.
I for one am very grateful that Martin has taken the time to pass on his knowledge and expertise.

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

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 coloured bowl.
Thank you Martin

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, hopefully to obtain my certificate. Naturally I was disappointed not to visit you on the 29th due to this lockdown but the series of videos you have transmitted and the ones you have planned will be an excellent substitute and I’m looking forward to them all. You must be pleased with the viewing numbers as well. Well done Martin.

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 excellent finish on a bowl I could now achieve. Thank you Martin

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 fun and very informative.. Hopefully we will be through this time as soon as possible and you can return to your normal touring and earning a living for you and your family, but if time allows, would you consider continuing doing these on an Ad Hoc basis.
You have a very large and loyal following. Paid subscription would work for me. Anyway. GREAT shows, learned a huge amount including some finishing I was getting wrong. Thank You

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 excellent to watch and the techniques are simple but produce amazing results (at least Martin makes them look easy !!)

Thank you for doing this Martin and you have inspired me to do more!!

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,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” video. It would be a great idea I think if you could make the live video’s a “pay to watch” when there is a certificate at the end. A small fee for your teaching does not sound unreasonable to me. After all it is your time and effort, and being self employed time is money. A nominal fee of just a pound or two is cheap, considering we your audience have learned from it. A hundred viewers at £2/head would certainly help you keep your business running in these uncertain times when you cannot go to do live demo’s.

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

Thursday 2 April, 2020

Enjoyed your demo this morning

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


Mark von Dadelszen
Thursday 2 April, 2020