Judging will be by the following panel over the period 15 September to 1 October 2024


  • Simon Begg

    Simon is a full time turner based out of Sydney, Australia. He specialises in the more artistic side of
    turning, enjoying the unique commissions rather than the production style of work. German ring turning is one of the unique styles that Simon is known for but he also turns hollow forms, does carved embellishment and salad bowls.

    Simon Begg
    Simon Begg Work

  • Christian Burchard

    A woodworker and sculptor, who grew up in a family interested in art and architecture. He looked for a career in furniture then studied art and sculpture. Lathe work followed and a return to sculptural objects His preferred material is Pacific Madrone, worked green including wall sculptures and freestanding sculptural objects.

    Christian Burchard
    Christian Burchard Work

  • Pat Carroll

    In 2001 I took my first woodturning class and was quickly hooked. I was drawn to hollow forms. The sense of achievement from creating large forms made this a very enjoyable craft. I am keen to explore the combination of texture and colour into my work today.

    Pat Carroll
    Pat Carroll Work

  • Peter Clemett

    Working with wood has been a life-long interest and creative outlet, with woodturning my focus for more than two decades. As a member, committee member, and past President of Christchurch Woodturners Association, I enjoy passing on my knowledge, coaching others, running workshops, demonstrating and judging competitions

    Peter Clemett
    Peter Clemett Work

  • Darren Crisp

    A professional turner and tutor based in Scotland. Darren takes inspiration from the natural world, his work is varied, artistic pieces, twisted hollow forms, goblets, functional bowls, platters and more, sometimes using texture and colour to enhance the natural beauty of wood.

    Darren Crisp
    Darren Crisp Work

  • Richard Findley

    Richard is a production turner in Leicestershire. He enjoys the variety of work, undertaking commissions for furniture makers, restorers, architects, designers and joiners in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Richard is a well-known and popular demonstrator, having written for Woodturning Magazine for more than 13 years and demonstrated all over the UK, Ireland and the USA

    Richard Findley
    Richard Findley Work

  • Kevin Jesequel

    Woodturning for only a few years, Kevin has already been recognized by the woodturning community for having an eye for form. Focusing primarily on hollow form vessels, he feels they are the perfect canvas for either embellishment and surface treatment or simply displaying the natural qualities of the medium in which he works.

    Kevin Jesequel
    Kevin Jesequel Work

  • Art Liestman

    Art, a retired University Professor, has been teaching and demonstrating woodturning internationally for the past 25 years. He delights in making turned objects that don’t look like they’re produced on the lathe. He makes a lot of whimsical teapots and architectural forms using various texturing techniques and colouring with acrylics.

    Art Liestman
    Art Liestman Work

  • Terry Martin

    Terry has been a woodturner since 1983. He has also written about woodturning for many international magazines since 1992 and has had more than 300 stories published in nine countries. Terry has also participated in more than 100 exhibitions in 13 countries, 25 of them solo shows.

    Terry Martin
    Terry Martin Work

  • Allan Winter

    He follows the family tradition of furniture makers from Denmark. Allan is a second generation furniture maker with more than 40 years of experience. The factory uses timber sourced from around the world either European Oak, American Ash or NZ Rimu. Made in their Mt Eden factory by craftsman are dining chairs, tables, bedroom suites and cabinets and outdoor furniture.

    Alan Winter
    Alan Winter Work

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.

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. Design, innovation, ingenuity, originality.
  3. Form, proportion, balance and use of material.
  4. Creation 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 judges are encouraged in their judging to spread the scores between 1and 10 to provide a clear differentiation between the pieces.
  • 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 “Highly Commended” certificates 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 items gaining the highest score in each category shall be reconsidered by the judges for the “Supreme Exhibit” award.  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.