IWG National Seminar 2019 - Demonstrators


Donna Zils Banfield

Donna Zils Banfield, has been creating works of art in wood since she received her first lathe as a surprise Christmas gift from her husband in 2001. Donna’s skills on the lathe were self-taught, but honed through workshops taught by gifted and skilled artists and turners who shared their knowledge. Her carving techniques and designs evolved after studying under several internationally recognized fine art and craft masters.

A teacher of woodturning since 2007 at Rockler Woodworking and Woodcraft, she now offers private one-on-one instruction in her studio, in Derry, NH. She has shared her knowledge and techniques with woodturning clubs throughout the United States. Most recently, she demonstrated for the New England Woodturning Symposium; the AAW International Symposium in Portland, OR; Totally Turning in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Virginia Woodturning Symposium in 2018.

Donna has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (LNHC) since 2010 and currently serves as a Juror in wood, evaluating and critiquing applicants seeking admission to the League as a juried craftsperson. Her work can be found in private collections in Australia, India, Taiwan and across the U.S.

David Lowe



David Lowe is a member of the Register of Professional Turners and is based in the small village of Snainton, situated at the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park close to Scarborough.

David is also a member of the AWGB and has been turning for approximately 9 years. David's passion for working with wood is manifested in his use traditional techniques combined with modern ideas such as air brushing texturing and piercing.




Ivo Stoyanov

Ivo Stoyanov lives and works in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. His grandfather, Donko Milchev Stoyanov, was one of the acknowledged masters of woodturning in the Gabrovo region. At a young age Ivo was attracted by the beauty of wood. He enjoyed the skillful work of the old master for hours and learnt perfectly to recognize the type of tree by the smell of the wood.

Later on, fate brought Ivo back to woodturning professionally, after his cousin Danail Krastev invited him to work together on the lathe making wine vessels at the Architectural and ethnographic complex “Etar”. He quickly learnt to make all traditional articles from the register of the craft. Ivo enjoys mostly making wine vessels, the article that requires great skill and workmanship.

In 2004 Ivo joined the Regional Chamber of Crafts in Gabrovo. Although there are no secrets for him in the craft, he doesn’t stop seeking the best combination of the natural colour of the wood, the form of the vessel and the carving upon it. As a challenge, Ivo is engaged in an on-going search for contemporary forms and application of the woodturner’s tools that will continue to delight the visitors and guests of “Etar”


Martin Saban-Smith

Martin Saban-Smith is a well known social media woodturner with an internationally known and respected YouTube channel with around 200 turning and business oriented videos on it. In October 2018, Martin was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners.

Many of his pieces have colour applied to them, as well as other embellishments. Martin’s own turning is more artistic rather than practical with many pieces having been filmed for his social media channels."



Eugene Grimley

Eugene Grimley is a retired Craft, Design & Technology teacher from Moy in Co. Tyrone. His woodturning career began in 2000 when he purchased a lathe and joined the Ulster Chapter of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild.

Since Eugene's ‘early’ retirement in 2005, woodturning has become something of an addiction rather than a hobby. He does a lot of teaching and demonstrates in Ireland, Scotland and the north of England.

Eugene spends a great deal of time developing new demos, most of which contain a ‘teaching’ element. He served on the Executive Committee of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild in various roles between 2005 and 2016.



Pat Walsh

Pat Walsh lives in Skerries, Co Dublin and has recently retired. He is a member of the Dublin Chapter and has been turning for about 15 years. Pat has demonstrated regularly in all the various Dublin Chapters as well as the other east coast chapters.

Pat says "I started woodturning just for something to do as I thought it might pass an hour or two of my spare time, however I was hooked the first time the gouge cut wood. I joined the IWG and have found many new friends and met some interesting people as a result".

Pat is a hobby turner with a preference for faceplate work and sometimes uses simple colour, carving and texture on his work, but only if the result is that the finished piece is enhanced.

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