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IWG National Seminar 2017 - Demonstrators

Alan Lacer

Alan Lacer has been involved in the turning field for more than 40 years as a turner, teacher, demonstrator, writer, exhibition coordinator, expert witness and past president of the AAW. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national shows and exhibitions. As a demonstrator and instructor, he has appeared in all 50 states and five foreign countries. His writings (over 150 published articles, tips or columns) have covered technical aspects of woodturning and finishing, numerous specific projects, the history of woodturning and the turning traditions of Japan and Germany. He has published one book with another near completion.

Alan has also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999, the AAW selected him for their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field. He was a regular writer for American Woodworker and American Woodturner publications. He has also appeared on the Do it Yourself network and the Public Broadcast Service program The Woodturner’s Workshop.

Vivien Grandouiller

Vivien Grandouiller started woodworking in 2003 by studying carpentry, followed by two years of cabinet making. He then discovered furniture making obtaining a degree in Lyon. In 2011, he began woodturning and completed his training with a degree in this field in Moirans-en-Montagne. After some short classes in the Escoulen School with different international teachers, he spent five more months learning with Jean-Francois Escoulen and Yann Marot, followed by a year-long residency in the school.

Vivien's work is characterised by simple geometric forms in which he associates turning with carving, sandblasting and painting. Using a technique of multi-axis hollowing, he gets optical illusion amplified by working with colours. Vivien also likes working with the light shining through the wood and revealing other aspects of the material such as its grain and color shades... "I enjoy pure lines, that I consider pleasing to the eye and touch."

Franz Keilhofer

Born in 1987, Franz Josef Keilhofer grew up on the farm of his family in the Bavarian Alps. After school, he first started working as a precision engineer before studying “science of engineering". Whilst on a break from his studies he discovered woodturning. Starting as a self taught hobby woodturner in 2008, he then began working as a self employed woodturner in late 2010.

Since then, Franz has specialised in turning wooden bowls, with a focus on simple - yet timeless - modern shapes. He has demonstrated in Germany, Austria and Belgium with experience ranging from small woodturning events and large industrial fairs. As well as a DVD
on turning wooden bowls, In late 2016 his first book “Mit Holz, Herz und Hand” was published.

Jason Breach

Jason Breach teaches and demonstrates throughout the UK, Australia and USA. Born in and living in Devon, Jason was introduced to the woodturning lathe at the age of twelve. At the age of 15 he attended a woodturning course with Cecil Jordan; this week long course covered a wide range of items, but also introduced him to the simple art of the turned wooden box. He attended college studying Furniture Design and Management, obtaining a BA (Hons). As much as he enjoys making furniture, his real enjoyment and enthusiasm has always been working upon the wood lathe, even though like most turners Jason can turn his hand to most projects and disciplines.

His development of ideas for turned wooden boxes pushes his creative skills and has led him to create a number of boxes that have won competitions within the UK, including First prize in the Plain Box category of the Worshipful Company of Turners competition 2010. The “Orbital Arc box” series is his main design focus at present. Pushing these creative skills and develop new ideas is only limited within Jason’s eyes by the fact that wood as the material is unique, the natural colour and grain pattern should always play a part within this, and not be hidden.

Clive Brooks

Clive Brooks was born in Gloucestershire in the South West of England in the early 60s and after moving to the North of England with work, he started woodturning in 1997 as a stress relief from a very demanding day job. He was one of the founder members of the local woodturning club and active on the committee before moving away from the area.

Clive joined Robert Sorby in the summer of 1999 and has travelled to 30 different countries to attend woodturning club demos, in-store presentations, as well as many of the major woodworking shows, seminars and symposiums around the world. Although Clive''s job is office based, he spends in excess of 100 days per year travelling to/from and demonstrating at these events.

"My presentations are focused on helping woodturners get the best from their tools in a constructive easy to follow manner with the addition of simple hints and tips. I am excited and very honoured to be asked to be one of the main presenters at the 2017 IWG National Seminar. I regard Ireland like a second home with the amount of time I have spent in this wonderful country and I am looking forward to seeing many of my good friends that I have had for many, many years and making new ones."

John Boyne-Aitken

John Boyne-Aitken has been a professional wood worker for most of his working life. Starting as an apprentice joiner/wood machinist, where he learnt the basics, he has been a self-employed wood turner for many years. He works mainly for local joinery and furniture manufacturers near his home town of Trowbridge, Wiltshire. He has built a reputation locally as an ecclesiastical turner; his work can be found in many churches in the West Country.

He was accepted onto the Register of Professional turners in 2009 and became the Chairman in 2016. He is currently the Health and Safety co-ordinator of the AWGB where he previously held the post of SW representative. His work encompasses all the disciplines you would expect from a jobbing turner. He demonstrates at wood turning clubs across the UK and is a keen supporter of the Youth Training Initiative.

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