Judging will be by the following panel over the period 15 September to 1 October 2022


  • Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano is known for his passion for the Hawaiian calabash and its 500 plus year history and his boxes with hand chased threads. He is one of the pioneers of interactive remote demonstrations and emphasizes form and design: "If the Hawaiians made timeless works of art with stone adzes, we should be able to achieve perfection with a lathe and modern steels.”

    Emiliano Achaval
    Emiliano Achaval Work

  • Matthew Deighton

    Matthew is dedicated to promote and support others.  He began promoting the Utah Woodturning Symposium, leading on to building an instagram page which now has over 127,000 followers, a podcast, and eventually the largest online woodturning symposium in the world.  Woodturning is still his main source of relaxation and creativity. 

    Matthew Deighton
    Matthew Deighton Work

  • Kelly Dunn

    Kelly Dunn is an award winning wood lathe artist, specialising in woods from the Big Island and creates bowls, hollow vessels, and art forms full time for art galleries and collectors. He says of himself “I have an intense curiosity as to the workings of the universe and the mechanical and spiritual wherewithal that makes it function. I always hope to grow in my art as the evolution of my talent allows me.”

    Kelly Dunn
    Kelly Dunn Work

  • Melissa Engler

    Melissa is a woodworker/sculptor in Asheville, NC, USA.  She has a BA in sculpture and is a graduate of the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Her work has featured in several magazines, is in collections across the US and local galleries. She works out of Grovewood Village, teaches nationally and internationally.

    Melissa Engler
    Melissa Engler Work

  • Lou Fuller

    Lou Fuller is Senior Tutor at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson. She has a degree in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship. Lou developed a furniture making programme for at-risk youth through the YMCA. Lou has worked with Canadian designer and maker, Michael Fortune, as teaching assistant and creating furniture for the Canadian Embassies.

    Lou Fuller
    Lou Fuller Work

  • Phil Irons

    Phil is best known for his coloured vessels, hollow forms and urns with their clear beautiful shapes and flowing lines.  He colours wood to enhance hidden figure in white woods, and make the figure "pop" so that the beautiful "hidden" figure can be seen from a distance rather than just close up. He has won awards in competitions and is regularly invited to teach and demonstrate his techniques around the world.

    Phil Irons
    Phil Irons Work

  • Steven Kennard

    Initially Steven worked as a furniture maker and restorer, and began turning boxes at the same time. He strives for the perfect form, proportions and materials to create each piece. Steven is world renowned for his lidded, turned and textured boxes and his work has been featured in many publications. He teaches and demonstrates around the world.

    Steven Kennard
    Steven Kennard Work

  • Rolly Munro

    Rolly’s work has been inspired by the land forms and coastal areas of New Zealand and he works mainly in native timbers that he finds washed up on beaches or along river beds.  Although, most of his large commissioned sculptures have been done in Pinus radiata. He is also well known for designing excellent hollowing tools. Rolly demonstrates woodturning and woodworking tools internationally and his work is in collections all over the world.

    Rolly Munro
    Rolly Munro Work

  • Graeme Priddle

    Graeme is best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments. His work has been exhibited widely around the world.  He is very active in the woodturning world and commits his time to many creative endeavours.  He was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ‘CollaboratioNZ’ Conferences in 1998. Graeme has demonstrated and taught at woodworking events throughout the world.

    Graeme Priddle
    Graeme Priddle 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. 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.