Keynote Demonstrator: Nick Agar

When: 7 to 9 September 2019 (there will be a cocktail function on the evening of 6 September.

Where: Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness

2019 Challenge: Decorated with African Art

Cost: R600 per delegate

There will be two Master Classes before the Symposium

Nick Agar visited South Africa in 2009 when he toured the woodturning clubs and demonstrated at the AWSA congress at the Center of Visual Arts, UKZN at the Pietermaritzburg campus, where he demonstrated his signature Viking bowl. Nick would like reflect the Africa environment in his turning at the Symposium, hence the theme “Spirit of Africa”

Please visit Nick’s website at to learn more about this remarkable and well known over the globe artist.

The list of demonstrators at the symposium includes Carel van der Merwe, At Smit, Ashwin Ramhith and Braam Burger. There will also be the usual raffle and auction


(Subject to change)

16h00 – 18h00Spirit of Africa: Registration and Gallery Set_up
18H00 – 20H00Icebreaker Drinks (cash bar)
08h30 – 10h30Spirit of Africa 1Nick Agar
11h00– 13h00Flute Carving and TexturingAshwin Ramhith
14h00 – 15h30Spirit of Africa 2Nick Agar
16h00 – 17h30An Ode to our San HeritageCarel van der Merwe
17h30 – 18h30Crushgrind “Baby” Pepper Mill Charlie Letsoalo and Piet Smith
08h30 – 10h00Spirit of Africa 3Nick Agar
10h30 – 12h30Creating a Waveform PatternAt Smit
14h00 – 15h30Spirit of Africa 4Nick Agar
16h00 – 17h30Pyrography using African Patterns & designsAshwin Ramhith
18h00 - 22h00Gala Function
08h30 – 10h00Finishing with SuperglueBraam Burger
10h30 – 12h30Spirit of Africa 5Nick Agar

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Proudly sponsored by Strand Hardware

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