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Event Details:

Date: Saturday 26th October 2019 10:00am - Sunday 27th October 2019 4:00pm
Venue: London Design & Engineering UTC
Address: 15 University Way
Royal Docks
E16 2RD
Admission: £10.60 adult day; £16 adult weekend; children under 16 free

This autumn sees the launch of a new woodworking event with a truly cosmopolitan flavour:  the International Woodworking Festival (IWF).

The IWF is the creation of Derek Jones, former editor of F&C magazine and now a full-time lecturer/tutor at the London Design & Engineering UTC. This is what Derek had to say about the event: “… in a brand new purpose built technical college (London Design & Engineering UTC), we are perfectly geared up to deliver a range of demonstrations and seminars from some of the world’s most influential craftspeople across a range disciplines. Over the weekend you’ll be able to mingle with the crowds and enjoy a drink and a bite with like-minded folk and take one of our drop-in classes.”

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Speakers & demonstrators

An inspirational line-up of speakers and demonstrators will be at the International Woodworking Festival. Here are just a few of the names who will be there.

Christopher Schwartz

Chris lives is Kentucky, USA and is a passionate furniture maker and publisher. He is also the author of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ and many other fine titles on the subject of woodworking. Chris has a reputation for telling it like it is; he is a mine of information on the craft of furniture making and, in particular, the use of hand tools. In addition to Chris’s writing and editing, he builds bespoke commissions for customers and researches traditional woodworking techniques.

Vic Tesolin

Vic is one of Canada’s most popular woodworkers, known for his easy and approachable style together with a strong knowledge of woodworking. You can find him on YouTube, writing in magazines and compiling his own books. His first book ‘The Minimalist Woodworker’ had some great reviews; his new book ‘Projects from the Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Techniques for Mastering Hand Tools’ is due for release in 2020. Vic will be demonstrating Veritas tools.

Roger Benton

Roger is also from the USA. He owns and operates a custom design/build furniture shop and urban lumber harvesting operation. The business specialises in harvesting storm damaged trees for lumber in the New York City area. Roger teaches woodworking classes ranging from basic shop skills for beginners to in-depth joinery techniques. His classes always involve choosing, tuning and getting the most out of planes, handsaws and chisels. In 2011 Roger joined the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event® staff and he will be demonstrating Lie-Nielsen tools at the IWF.

Israel Martin

Israel lives in Cantabria, northern Spain. He graduated as a forestry engineer in Madrid in 2000, but decided to change career direction. At first Israel was self-taught; then he took some classes about hand tools with a Spanish artisan and with master craftsman Garrett Hack to improve his furniture-making skills. He makes every piece of furniture using hand tools exclusively and also makes tools for his work or for other artisans. Together with other Spanish craftsmen he has been organising the Spanish woodworking event, LIGNORUM, for the past three years.

Axminster brands

Axminster will also be supporting the IWF with demonstrations of some of our own brands. You will be able to see UJK Technology, Axminster Trade machines, Shokunin saws plus benches and clamps, creating the ultimate woodworking workshop look. What’s more there will be the opportunity to purchase if you see something that you’ve needed for a long time or just want to treat yourself.

If you have an interest in meeting some of the best woodworkers around, with entry tickets from £10.60, this will be a show well worth visiting. For more information about the International Woodworking Festival, please visit their website.

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