Georgia Association of Woodturners

Turning Southern Style 2018

Featured Demonstrators

Nick Agar

Woodturning artist Nick Agar’s large-scale, multi-textured turned wood sculptures, created at his riverside studio and gallery in Devon, have earned him a reputation for producing highly individual, beautifully crafted art. Inspired by organic forms, pottery, and his natural surroundings, he specializes in hollow forms, large diameter work, and surface enhancement. He is renowned for his wall sculptures in particular. His award-winning work often incorporates carving, weaving, and metalwork. Nick has inspired many woodturners with his work and has traveled across the world to demonstrate his skills. With more than 23 years, he has a great understanding of his medium. He chooses burls and intriguing wind-blown or dead timber for the majority of his work – exposing nature’s treasures beneath the bark. 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 includes HRH Prince of Wales, Dukes, Duchesses and the Royal jewelers, Aspreys. He and his work have also featured on BBC and ITV lifestyle television programs.

Graeme Piddle and Melissa Engler

Graeme Priddle has 27 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, USA and Canada.

He is very active in the woodturning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavors.

He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years, as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ‘CollaboratioNZ’ Conferences in 1998.

Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world.

Graeme recently took up residence in Asheville, NC to work with his partner and fellow wood sculptor Melissa Engler.

Melissa Engler is a woodworker/sculptor based in Asheville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a graduate of the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Melissa’s work has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine and American Craft and is held in private collections across the US. She teaches nationally and internationally with her partner and fellow wood-sculptor Graeme Priddle. Graeme and Melissa currently work out of their studio at Grovewood Studios in Asheville and are represented by Grovewood Gallery (NC), Penland Gallery (NC), Green Hill Center for Art (NC), and The Gallery at Flat Rock (NC)

Visit their websites: GraemeMelissa

Mark Palma

Mark F. Palma is a self-taught turner who has been turning for 10+ years. He has authored 17 articles that have appeared in various magazines including Woodturning Magazine (UK), AAW’s Woodturning Fundamentals, Woodworker West, and American Woodturner. His work has also appeared in two books, including one translated into French.

Mark is an approachable and pragmatic teacher who tries to intertwine humor, valuable information and mistakes into an enjoyable session. He is a member of the Chippewa Valley Woodturners (Eau Claire, WI) and the Minnesota Woodurners Association (Minneapolis, MN).

Mark is a retired tax Lawyer with a Juris Doctor degree in law, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Masters In Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as a BS in Accounting and Business. He is the founding member of the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Bowl Blanks (ISPCBB).

Also featuring these demonstrators:

Peggy Schmid

As a sculptor, she began working in wood during my college days and found the texture, versatility, and aroma almost hypnotic. She loved working with wood but did not discover turning until a chance project for a charity propelled her into learning to create art from turned pieces of wood. One of her first projects, a table with four turned legs, was the hook that grabbed her and she has been turning ever since. That table is still in use in her kitchen and is a constant reminder of her woodturning journey. She loves creating platters and bowls with an enhanced rim and texture design. In the past few years she has been working with faux metal paint techniques that enhance the textural elements in her pieces. It is often difficult for the untrained eye to detect the difference between the faux and a real metal surface. Hollow forms are also a favorite subject in her work. She carves and textures these pieces and experiments with surface embellishments using a variety of texturing tools. She creates many tools for texturing from broken or damaged tools in her shop. As a wood artist, she truly loves making turned art. Unlike working in the typical office environment, she can look around at the end of the day and see that her time has been spent creating something satisfying and beautiful. This gives her great joy and it is her hope that her pieces bring joy to others as well.her

Frank Bowers

Frank began his turning career in 1992 by turning over 2,000 pens on his old Shopsmith. Since then he has instructed over 800 woodturning classes at Highland Woodworking. He has instructed or assisted woodturning classes at John C. Campbell Folk School 7 times. Frank has demonstrated at the Southern States and Turning Southern Style Symposiums. He has demonstrated and held hands-on workshops at many woodturning clubs throughout the Southeast. His beautifully turned wood art is sold through art galleries, by commission and at the Georgia State Fair.

Mike Peace

Mike Peace got hooked on turning shortly after retiring and in his words, “became a hopeless woodturning junkie: reading books, watching woodturning videos, attending woodturning chapter meetings, attending workshops and symposiums and spending most of my time with anything related to woodturning.”

He is active in three woodturning chapters in the Atlanta area where he has served in many capacities including: newsletter editor, secretary, treasurer, president, board member, demonstrator and workshop facilitator. He has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School and has published articles in various woodturning magazines. His articles are available for downloading from his website. He enjoys teaching and demonstrating woodturning and regularly produces woodturning tutorial videos you can see on his YouTube channel, Mike Peace Woodturning.

Visit Mike’s web site and Youtube channel.

On-line registration is now closed, but you can register when you arrive! Registration opens at 10:00 am on Friday and 7:45 on Saturday.