Judging will be by the following panel over the period 16 July to 1 August 2021:


Chris Ramsey

Is best known for his turned and carved sculptural bowls as well as wearable wooden hats but has always found turning natural edge pieces to be his greatest desire in woodturning.

Chris Ramsey Ramsey Nat Edge http://chriswramsey.com
Joey Richardson

Is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners of London and one of the leaders of the artistic woodturning movement in the UK.  Each of her pieces are unique, each tell their own story, have their own heart and all are created with passion.


Joey Richardson Richardson https://www.joeyrichardson.com/
Neil Turner

Turning can be used to make pieces of art combining ideas from past and present, bearing in mind they must compliment each other and maintain a balance. To design and create in timber poses many challenges both in structure and integrity.


Neil Turner Neil Turner https://neilturnerartisan.com.au
Trefor Roberts

President, National Association of Woodworkers, NZ, particularly enjoys the woodturning journey. His mantra is "Form, Form, Form and Form!". Reality is that he has spent more time on both the North Shore Woodturning Guild Committee and also the NAW Committee than turning wood.

Trefor Roberts Trefor Roberts

These judges will individually use the prescribed scoring system shown below and send their marks to the Steward.  The Steward will combine the scores to determine the winners.


Entrants are encouraged to create good photographs of their work.  The simple need is a plain white or pale grey background with the soft light of an overcast day. Better not around noon so that morning or afternoon light casts a slight shadow and enhances the shape of the work.  Google “Photographing woodturning.”  One of our judges has already written: “A wise man once told me that a great piece with a bad photo would not get selected but a reasonable piece with good photos would !  That wise man was Binh.”  You may have a friend or club member who can do this for you.  Or a group of you can band together for a mini workshop on this subject which is likely to be useful in the future.

Guidelines for Judging

  • Should there be any doubt about which category to place an entry in then the Senior Steward has the final decision.
  • Each item may be judged in only one class.
  • The judges should exclude from the competition any items which they deem to be unfit due to technical or artistic faults.
  • Any stand used to support the item will be deemed to be part of the item and judged along with the item.
  • All entries received will be judged using the following criteria – each criterion being scored out of 10 points:
  1. First impressions – visual impact.
  2. Innovation, ingenuity, originality.
  3. Design, proportion, balance and use of material.
  4. Turning techniques and skill level.
  5. Suitability and quality of finish.
  • The judges will score each piece individually and points allocated will be aggregated to give a final points score.
  • The scores recorded by the judges shall be available to entrants for the items they have entered in the competition.
  • A first, second and third prize, and one “Merit” certificate may be awarded in each category.
  • In the event that insufficient entries are received for a specific category OR the judge(s) deem the standard is not high enough, the judge(s) reserve the right not to award prizes.
  • The item gaining the highest score shall be deemed to be “Supreme Exhibit”.  In the event that more than one item has an equal highest score then the judges will re-evaluate the scores to declare one item “Supreme Exhibit”.  
  • The judge’s decision is FINAL.