Articles / Events / Videos · Saturday 11 September, 2021

Learn Excellent Finishing Techniques on a Free Online Course

The last time I presented a Hampshire Sheen Excellence in Finishing Course was during the Covid lockdown in mid 2020 after the in-person courses had to be cancelled. A newly revised and improved course is back for two free online presentations this October.

These two Zoom events will be the most comprehensive Hampshire Sheen finishing courses I’ve ever presented. There will be a lot more detail on each of the products used than before using on screen illustrations and I will share with you my tips and tricks for getting the best of out of the products on different species of wood.

Primarily, we will be looking at the recommended (and in some cases, advanced) methods of using the core products in the Hampshire Sheen Range: Gloss Finishing Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Cellulose Sanding Sealer, Embellishing Waxes as well as the Danish Oil and brand new Citrus Burnishing Oil and where and when to use each of them.

We will also look at finishing techniques over the Intrinsic Colour Collection which will also include applying and polishing the Hampshire Sheen lacquers.

By the time the course finishes, you will be equipped with the knowledge to apply the finishes to bring the best out of your turned items, and be in the perfect position to get fanatical about finishing!

Those who stay for the whole course will receive a personal Certificate of Excellence different to the Extraordinary Course on YouTube last year, and different again from the in-person ones from before that!

The are two online courses to choose from that will be hosted in a Zoom meeting:

Saturday 9th October 10am – 2pm (UK);
Tuesday 19th October 6pm – 10pm (UK).

Please allow 4 hours to complete the course and there are a maximum of 500 seats available on each (though it is unlikely to sell out).

If you have any queries about the course, please contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible, and if you want to how others have enjoyed my online presentations, see below. All times are UK.

Sorry. Bookings are now closed.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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 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

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 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


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

Gav Eades
Sunday 10 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

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

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

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


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

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 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

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 embellishing waxes so i can try it myself 🙂 )

Paul Steyfkens
Sunday 10 October, 2021


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 put into creating the event.

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!

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 have seen many of your U-tube videos and learned a great deal from them. I also met you briefly at one of the recent Harrogate Shows.
In light of the above I just wanted to say a very big thank you for all the contributions you have made to the woodturning scene. I find these to be extremely informative. The contributions you have made have :-
1 ) Been very clear and concise in their presentation style and, refeshingly, delivered with humour whilst admitting mistakes/learning from them.
2) Covered a very wide range of subject matter relating to woodturning.
3) Proved to be very valuable recommendations for set up procedures, techniques and materials.
I have more recently taken up purchasing items from your company and have been very pleased with the service provided, as well as with the quality of the materials.
I only wish I lived nearer Hampshire as I would be very keen to take some lessons from you!!
I look forward to meeting you again when viruses permit!
I trust you and your family remain healthy and the company goes from strength to strength,
Crack on with the good work!
John Nunn

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, including a purple heart bowl for a wedding present. Without your guidance and enthusiasm for turning, I would have struggled to get involved in such a great hobby.
I actually had a chat with you at the Harrowgate power tools and woodworking show a couple of years back and purchased some sheen.
Attached is pic of what I have been able to achieve.
Once again, thanks Martin, really appreciate your work.

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 I watch your videos. I watched you turn a small oak bowl the other day and I totally stole your idea of using a torch on the bowl edge. What a beautiful finishing touch it gave to this simple Maple bowl. Thanks. If I were on the other side of the pond, I would definitely consider taking a course from you.

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 with correct handling of tool get a better finish safer . A very good instructional day Where i found how much easier It was to turn with a better finish off the tool. I’ve got practice what I’ve learnt and not go back to my old ways . Came a away With a bowl Mainly done by myself . Thank you Martin excellent day .

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 completed box along with a lot more confidence to tackle projects such as these in my own workshop.

We finished the day with a bowl part done to finish at home along with some new ways to tackle and finesse bowls.

Thanks Martin I thoroughly enjoyed the day…..and lunch was great too.


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 with my own workshop, lathe and tools in March – at lockdown. I missed the opportunity to book some tuition over the past few months – and no doubt got into some bad habits and poor techniques. I did though some excellent Hampshire Sheen products from Martin.

Martin planned the day around my needs and objectives. In fact we both had similar Ash blanks, so I was able to watch Martin step-by-step on his lathe and then he watched me turn on another lathe, giving continuous advice on my technique. I still struggle a little with the inside of a bowl but that will improve with time and experience. The end result was by far the best piece I have turned in four months. The form and the finish was, for me,
so satisfying and testament to Martin’s tuition.

I would thoroughly recommend tuition from Martin, tailored to you needs and skills.

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 decorative hybrid of wood and resin. After making several dozon of those, I wanted to try making a bowl. Frankly, I was a little scared of it at first, visions of it flying off and smacking me in the head, regardless if wearing a face shield or not. But after making my first one, I fell in love with making bowls. I now do a lot of glue-ups, and still do a lot of resin/wood work, but mostly I’m focused on bowls.

One of the hardest things about woodturning is the finish. I have watched so many videos, with so many finishing solutions. But them I happened upon 2 products, your products, that really turned things around for me. First, the pre-thinned cellulose sanding sealer. I had tried t thin Myland’s Cellulose Sanding Sealer a few times, and just never hit upon the right mixture. Then I tried your pre-thinned sanding sealer, and it worked amazingly. I also started using your Hampshire Sheen High Gloss Paste Wax, and my finishes have never been better.

I’ve also experimented around with the Intrinisc Colour Collection, and while I haven’t gotten the spectacular results you’ve gotten yet, I’m still experimenting and trying to find the technique that works for me.

So Martin, thank you. Thank you for your wonderful videos, your spectacular products, and the inspiration you provide to hundreds if not thousands of turners out there.

Joe Sheble
Phoenix, Arizona – USA

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 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

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 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.

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 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

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

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

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 #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 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 #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


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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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 #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

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

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 and where i put something. I have learnt so much from him even thought I have been turning ,( hobbyist) for over 20 yrs. his style is clear and non threatening, i.e.” do it this way as the only way” from others I know. I applaud him for having the ability’s and confidence to put himself out there helping others without the how wonderful I am, and owning up when he has made a mistake.
good luck to you Martin I look forward to seeing more of your ideas and skills.

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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 produced. All in all a first class couple of hours. I know how much work goes into this sort of production so really appreciate it. Thank You.

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 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

Keep up the good work

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 they have even refunded me part of the shipping cost because the original estimate was a bit high. Makes me want to continue doing business with them.

Your Finishing class was wonderful. I learned a lot and even got a new tool out of it. As the son of a commercial artist with no eye for art at all, you have made it so when I see a piece of wood I no longer think of round and brown, rather how can I make it into a unique piece of art.

Again thanks for all you do for all of us and keep it up. You are helping us learn and inspiring us to do more creative turnings.


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 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

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 been increased by the knowledge passed on from Martin’s professional skills in woodturning and teaching. I will definitely be visiting Martin for some training in the future and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to start or improve their woodturning.

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.
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

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 last couple of years watching all of his videos and here recently found myself trying to do the same. Maybe one day I’ll be able to actually see a live demo/teach instructional in person.

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, never been great at selling online but have a few repeat customers who happily know what they want so are easy to look after, my workshop is on my premises so no restriction, so it is playtime.

It just so happens that I picked up tin of bronze embellishing wax and a tin of high gloss on recent day trips to Yandles (my registered pusher of desirable things) totally unrelated to Martin’s videos, The YouTube streams were mentioned on the Robert Sorby forum of which I am a moderator, so it would have been rude not to check them out… I am glad I did, bit of banter in the chat while Martin is busy, and Martin answering questions and passing on his valuable knowledge, for almost free! you can and should make some donation if you get something from it but it is going out to lots of people so it doesn’t need to be a massive cost to you.

I got involved just in time to do the Extraordinary Excellence in Finishing Course, the certificate for that is proudly displayed above my workshop door, of course you are not welcome in my workshop until further notice, but I sent Martin a picture which is on Facebook, I also got seduced into buying some Intrinsic Colours, couldn’t decide which one so went for the sample set.

The bowl I cut for the finishing course had the finish cut off it, then got coloured, my first ever colouring project. I know it isn’t great, but it is pretty good and I am keeping it! also I mostly remembered to put on my glove, except once.. now I have a plumb forefinger.

Anyway Martin is an excellent demonstrator, and I think a great teacher 10 years of round and brown one lesson on YouTube and I made this bowl. Get yourself on the schedule, check it out see what you think.

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 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…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 finishing and colouring and that bowl was incredible especially when you consider it before the colour being applied…that’s a good eye and skill you have.
You said somewhere that you were a professional photographer, and I’ll bet that’s where you get your creativity from. I have been a professional photographer for over 30 years (27 as a medical photographer) but now I’m retired so enjoying the chance to be creative too (can’t be creative photographing wounds!!) Your tuition is helping me so much so thanks again for doing these videos.

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” 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