We proudly present our exciting demonstrators for 2022

Nick Agar
Nick Agar - Nick Agar Studios
Nick Agar has become one of the most sought after instructors /
workshop leaders and seminar presenters on the world woodturning
stage. He is one of the most creative makers in the field and has an
unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the many processes that are
now used in this creative medium. Specializing in surface enhancement
and renowned for his wall sculptures, his award winning work often
incorporates carving , airbrushing , ceramic and metal effects .  Nick
has inspired many woodturners with his work and has traveled across
the world to demonstrate his skills 
Having now relocated to the United States he has recently opened new teaching studios nr Savannah Georgia.

With more than 30 years experience He has a great understanding of
his medium .  Choosing Maples for decorative works or burrs and intriguing or figured timber for sculptures or natural edged works
Agar is a master at exposing natures treasures that hide beneath the bark.

Inspired by organic forms, pottery,sea life ,ancient cultures and his
natural surroundings , he specializes in hollow
forms , large diameter work, and surface enhancement .He is renowned
for his Viking sunset bowls and wall sculptures in particular. His award-winning work often
incorporates carving, airbrushing ceramic and metal effects 

In addition to exhibiting widely and appearing at international
conferences both as a demonstrator and a judge, Nick is in constant
demand for commissions from collectors, his wide range of clients
including HRH Prince of Wales, Dukes, Duchesses and the Royal
jewelers, Aspreys. He and his work have also featured on BBC and ITV
lifestyle television programmes.
 
Nick is a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners and has recently
been awarded the Freedom of the city of London in recognition of his
services to the world of woodturning.

Nick is Patron of the Max Carey Woodturning Trust.the only woodturning trust in the UK

He is co author of the book "woodturning evolution " an elected member
of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and a Registered Professional Turner.
A member of the AWGB and AAW
He has also been made  Honorary member of several woodturning clubs at
home and abroad .
Nick is a popular demonstrator /teacher on the Woodturning cruise .
Laurent Niclot

Laurent Niclot

Hi my name is Laurent Niclot, I am originally from Toulon in the south of France, but am currently living and working in Fort Collins, Colorado USA. I have always loved wood, so it was only natural for me to study woodworking, woodcarving, cabinet making, furniture making, and design. I discovered woodturning from Jean-François Escoulen, and I knew it was how I wanted to make a living. So, in 2015, at age 20, I took the six-month woodturning class at the Escoulen School in Aiguines, France, with Jean-François and Yann Marot. Then, the school hired me as an assistant and translator for 3 years, gave me a studio and a lathe to practice my passion, and the possibility to meet many other artists and woodturners who now inspire my work. I have had the opportunity to share my passion and teach woodturning to those in France, Belgium, Canada and all over the United States. I enjoy demonstrating (both remote and in-person), teaching short one-day through week long classes, and continuing to explore my own artistic practice. My current work ranges from traditional woodturning to woodburning, carving, multi-axis, coloring and texturing.

My work

My work is experimental: I like to play with the wood and try new textures and colors, new tools, and new techniques. I also enjoy giving a new life to a piece of wood. My job as an assistant gave me the opportunity to find and use interesting wood that may have too many cracks and knots for the students. I carve with rotary tools and gouges to create new shapes and textures. My aim is to make pieces that are sculptural, decorative, and designed with a strong message or a story to tell. I also enjoy collaborating with other artists, creating pieces with a strong story and with materials or techniques that I wouldn’t be able to make on my own. It allows me to see my work with a different eye and evolve, learn and share an experience with that person.

Kimberly Winkle
Kimberly Winkle
Kimberly Winkle is a maker who creates furniture and objects using wood and paint; her work displays a balance of form, color and surface pattern. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago, Wanted Design NYC and the Architectural Digest Home Show. Her work has been included in a number of publications, including Fine WoodworkingWoodworker, and Woodworker West magazines and the books 500 Tables500 ChairsFine Woodworking Design Book 8, among others. Winkle has completed several artist residencies, including the International Turning Exchange (I.T.E.) at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, the Windgate Artist Residency at State University New York (SUNY) Purchase, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center and at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She has been awarded 4 Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award in 2011 and the Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston) John D. Mineck furniture fellowship in 2014.

Winkle is a Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Technological University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Art in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. Her workshop teaching experience includes, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Craft.

Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
I was born and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. Woodworking was my father’s hobby and I was introduced to it through him and I feel lucky to have started learning woodworking as a teenager. Dad had a lathe and I fooled around on it from time to time but it wasn’t until I attended a two week woodturning class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 1996 that I was “hooked” on the turning process.

I moved to Saluda, NC in 2000 and have been able to focus on my woodworking since opening my own studio there.  In addition to making my work, I teach and demonstrate woodturning around the country for woodturning clubs and craft schools.

Rudy Lopez
Rudy Lopez

At a very young age Rudy began to develop his creative eye through photography, his first artistic pursuit. and began his relationship with wood as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. With an education in drafting and design, and many years working as a professional photographer, the transition into woodturning has been a seamless flow into another creative endeavor.

Rudy's energetic easy-going personality and his ability to explain woodturning techniques in a simple understandable manner have allowed him to share his skills and enthusiasm for woodturning through teaching and demonstrating at regional and national symposia and clubs across the country.  Rudy also conducts workshops in his Tampa studio and teaches at schools including: Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, John C. Campbell Folk School, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, the Center For Funiture Craftsmanship and The Florida School of Woodwork.

From Rudy:

"I have always had a love of natural objects and the environment in which those objects flourish. My adolescence was spent pursuing anything and everything outdoors and with that came my love of wood. I spent much of my life on my uncle’s cattle ranch near Tampa, Florida. All the many days spent with my father and uncles working cows and being in the woods gave me a great appreciation for the out-of-doors, and all things relating to nature. To this day, my greatest pleasures come from enjoying nature with my wife hiking, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, and just being in the woods.

 I love everything about wood, rough or smooth; it possesses a warm welcome feel. Wood grows from the earth with its endless earthy color variations and the swirling grain patterns of burls and knotty woods. Wood has an unlimited potential for creativity but also flaws and faults, cracks, knots, and other defects which sometimes make it difficult to work with. This is my favorite kind of wood. 

 Wood is an imperfect medium, yet I never cease to be amazed by the incredible amount of beauty to be found in it as I create a new turning.  To me this is the beauty that God and nature has provided me with as a starting point, then it becomes a challenge to continue this and create something of beauty for others to  enjoy.

I feel my goal as an artistic woodturner is to bring out this beauty and enhance it to create something that invites the eye and beckons the touch. I prefer simple shapes with flowing lines that showcase but preserve and reflect the natural characteristics of the wood, thus becoming something of beauty for many to enjoy for years to come."

Keith Tompkins
Keith Tompkins

I can still vividly recall my first experience at the lathe…I turned a pair of  walnut candlesticks  in high school wood shop. I watched spellbound as the form of each candlestick developed. The intoxicating scent of black walnut filled the air as piles of shavings grew around me.  A film of French polish applied to the revolving pieces seemed to bring the swirling grain to life.  Something inside of me had come to life as well; I had discovered a passion for woodworking that would endure for a lifetime.  My school experiences led me to seek employment in a large cabinetmaking shop. Initially, I was assigned mostly menial tasks, from stacking lumber to sweeping the floors. I started at the bottom, but I had no intention of staying there. I studied the master woodworkers. I observed how they sharpened their tools. I listened to their finely tuned hand planes as they effortlessly produced translucent ribbons of wood. I asked annoying questions, and I watched. And I learned. I took pieces of scrap wood home after work and I practiced. I read every book on woodworking and design I could find.

My perseverance did not go unnoticed; I eventually became assistant to the company President, where I was responsible for designing and building prototype furniture pieces, and the jigs and fixtures required to put them into production. I was granted several design and utility patents for this work. I was also responsible for training new employees and overseeing production in the shop. Subsequently, I was employed by several other cabinet shops before I began my own custom furniture business. Gradually, my interests have evolved, from making functional furniture pieces to creating artistic wood turnings.

It has been over forty years since I created my first lathe-turned objects, yet I feel the same sense of accomplishment when I take an abstract concept and transform it into a completed object.  Working at the lathe gives me a sense of complete freedom; and allows me to explore the limits of my creative ability.  I find inspiration comes in many forms; a walk in the woods, the appearance of folds in a piece of fabric, or even a seemingly insignificant life experience.  I keep a sketchbook handy; there is no way of knowing when inspiration will hit next. I expect each piece I produce to reflect my experiences as a furniture maker as well as a wood turner, as I strive to produce bold, dynamic pieces that reveal a small part of me. My woodworking career continues to lead me in new and often unexpected directions. I believe the best is yet to come.