Special Events

Special Announcements

September 23, 2017 Meeting

The September 23rd meeting will feature a day-long demonstration by Australian Neil Turner from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Victoria is his first stop on a cross-Canada tour of demonstrations at various Guilds. Accordingly, there will not be any workshops. We are finalising the financial details and the fee for attendance. These will be posted once we have them.


Jason Marlow Demonstration and Hands-On Workshops – June 25, 26th, 2017

Island Woodturners Guild is pleased to announce the upcoming demonstration day, and two days of hands-on workshops, with well-known woodturning artist, Jason Marlow of Qualicum Beach BC.  Jason has about 40 years of experience as a full-time professional woodturner, and is willing to share that experience to the benefit of our members.

The demonstration day will be June 24/17, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at our usual meeting place, The Centre in Brentwood Bay, 1229 Clarke Road.  Registration fee for attendees is $40 (members), $50 (non-members);  all are welcome.  Please arrive sufficiently early to pay fees before the 9:00 am start.

The hands-on workshops will take place at Bryan Kemper’s workshop, 9323 Carnoustie Crescent, North Saanich, running from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday June 25/17, and Monday June 26/17.   For those enrolling in a workshop (paid-up members only), the fee is $175 for the demonstration day and one workshop day combined, payable at the June 24/17 registration.

Jason’s presentation will focus on design considerations, fundamental woodturning techniques, effective tool sharpening,  tool handling and ergonomics, and surface decorative treatments.   In the workshops, he likes to coach, mentor and encourage the participants, who many be at any level in the spectrum of experience and skill.  The overall event will be of considerable benefit to both new and ‘seasoned’ Guild members.

With this notice, workshop registration is open.  Please email Phil Cottell at plcottell41@gmail.com promptly to register;  first come, first served.  A waiting list will be  kept in case of over-subscription.  Details about equipment or supplies needed for the workshops will be sent to registered participants.
All participants agree to help with cleanup at the end of each day.


This is the title of our first IWG public show to be held from August 28th – September 3rd, 2017, at the Tulista Park Art Centre in Sidney.

All IWG members – from beginner to advanced – are invited to participate. This is an opportunity to get experience showing your work with the support and company of friends. It is a show and sale which gives you the option to simply display your work or display and sell. There will also be ongoing turning demonstrations and participants will be encouraged to volunteer for these and other tasks.

To cover the costs of the event, there will be modest entry and commission fees. (Any excess funds will go into the Guild coffers.)

The amount of these fees depends upon how many members participate. In order to estimate this, we are asking those who are interested to complete an Expression of Interest form. You will receive this form in an email over the next few days. Please print it off, complete the form and bring it to the next Guild meeting.

Formal registration will take place at the Guild meeting on May 21st.

The show committee consists of Tim Soutar, Andre Robin, Cheryl Samuel and Phil Cottell, with the added assistance of Jan Soutar and Donna Cottell. Contact one of us if you have suggestions or questions.

(Our host organization for this event is the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula.)