Below you can find out about our many varied demonstrators. Why not visit their individual websites by clicking on their photo, or their instagram by clicking the icon under.
Passionate hand tool woodworker, publisher, author of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ and many other fine titles on the subject of woodworking, Christopher Schwarz has a reputation for telling it like it is. Chris is a mine of information on the craft of furniture making and, in particular, the use of hand tools.
FirstLightWorks design and make unique products using both traditional methods and laser technology. They offers a range of specialised measuring tools and workshop aids through our website, as well as taking on complex bespoke commissions such as awards, signage and promotional items. We blend a detailed understanding of woodworking with the precision and power of A CNC laser in our fully equipped workshop. Ed trained in Architecture, works in Construction and is a Fine Furniture maker with many years’ experience in woodworking. Claire trained in Photography and Design, having also worked for many years in IT. Now Claire is a Photographer and producer of visual content for web and print and fits this around FirstLightWorks
Ian Parker originally trained as a commercial artist and has worked in many creative industries including technical illustration and ice sculpture. Ian started designing and making his own furniture in the early ‘90s before establishing his business in 2008. He’s been teaching classes at his studio workshop in East Sussex since 2016 and has a range of new and challenging courses planned for spring / summer 2020 suitable for students of all skill levels.
Israel graduated as a forestry engineer in Madrid in 2000, but he decided to change his career. At first he was self-taught and 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.
Based in the Basque region of Northern Spain Lorenzo is an architect, furniture maker, designer and along with Israel Martin co-founder of the Spanish Woodworking event. With a strong focus on the respect for materials he teaches fine furniture making skills in his workshop in San Sebastian.
After a 28-year career with the US Army, Mark retired to Wisconsin and set up Bad Axe Toolworks, where he restores vintage tools and strives to build the best woodworking handsaws around in his (relatively) unplugged workshop.
Martin is an award winning painter and decorator specialising in the traditional craft of faux finishes. As well as teaching he now personally oversees the refurbishment of prestigious period homes throughout the UK.
Phil Edwards is the craftsman behind Philly Planes, who are reviving the lost art of the wooden plane making in the UK. As a woodworker with a passion for hand tools, planes in particular, it was inevitable that he would end up making them himself. From his workshop in Broadstone, Dorset he makes each individual plane by hand.
Roger owns and operates RE-CO BKLYN, a custom design/build furniture shop and urban lumber harvesting operation specialising 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. Roger joined the Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event® staff in 2011.
Simon has been the technical illustrator for Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine from the very first issue more than twenty years ago. With a background in furniture making he’s arguably the most qualified person to turn to for advise on generating the kind of graphics that deliver accurate information with style.
Jaq and Shane Skelton
Winners of the HCA’s ‘Made in Britain’ Award 2016, Shane and Jacqueline have resurrected and breathed new life into the art of traditional saw making in the UK. With a wealth of woodworking experience from gunsmithing to furniture making and restoration, Shane draws on his working knowledge to produce precision tools to meet the demands of professional cabinetmakers and hobbyists alike. While Shane makes the saws, Jaq runs all other aspects of the business. She is also interested in researching the history of old tools and antiques.
Shaye Chatfield has a background in furniture making and has been a professional user of Lamello equipment for more than 20 years. He’s been demonstrating their products internationally for more than 10 years and is now the UK Sales Manager for the brand.
Richard Arnold is a joiner, and cabinet maker with a passionate interest in early wooden planes, and associated tools. He is keen to keep traditional skills alive, and demonstrates how old wooden planes were used, and actively encourages fellow woodworkers to embrace the idea of not just collecting old planes, but also to use them in the modern workshop. Richard is always happy to give advice on old woodworking tools, so if you want to bring anything along to the show that you want some advice on, he will be on hand to give you any help he can.
After his honourable discharge from the Canadian Artillery, Vic studied furniture design and making at Rosewood Studio. He ran his own studio furniture business while working at Rosewood as a part-time instructor and craftsman in residence. He now serves as Woodworking Technical Advisor in the R&D department of Veritas Tools. Vic is also the author of The Minimalist Woodworker, which encourages new woodworkers to do more with less.
Yannick Chastang has an international reputation as a leading specialist in French and marquetry furniture. He trained originally at the Ecole Boulle in Paris, gained work experience in private workshops in Paris and the USA, before being employed at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and at the Wallace Collection in London where he developed a passion for and understanding of historic furniture. Since 2003, Yannick Chastang restores, makes and teaches in his workshop in Kent, working for public and private collections around the world. He is the author of Paintings in Wood: French Marquetry Furniture and numerous articles on marquetry, history of furniture, conservation and ormolu.
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