February 27th, 2024

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Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Symposium

The fact that most other Ontario woodturning guilds, one exception being the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild (GBWG), shut down for the months of July and August each year provided an opportunity for GBWG to organize an inter-guild event during that time, with the intent that it would foster more communications, cooperation, sharing, and camaraderie among the area guilds. In its initial year, the event was kept small-scale and all resources came from within the GBWG membership, including presenters and demonstrators. With the success of the first two instances of the symposium (2015, 2016), the Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Symposium has grown to include resources of other Ontario-based guilds in an expanded format.

Members of the 12 woodturning guilds from across Ontario are invited to attend the Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Symposium. The symposium will take place on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th, 2020, hosted by the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild, in facilities located in the town of Port Elgin. The symposium will include a series of presentations, instant gallery, wood/tool show/sale among participants, ad-hoc on-going mini-demonstrations, and, separately, an exhibition of finished turnings for public viewing, and optionally for sale. Additionally, all-day hands-on workshops are scheduled for the day before and after the symposium. The symposium will have a limited enrolment, and thus will require pre-registration.


The symposium will feature a single stream of presentations throughout the two day event. The Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Symposium is honoured to have internationally recognized and respected woodturner Art Liestman from Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in New Westminster, BC as our featured presenter. Presenters will also include Carl Durance from Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild in Kincardine, Dave Bell from Waterloo-Wellington Woodturners Guild in Waterloo, Dirk Hoogendoorn from Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild in Kincardine, Doug Magrath from Thames Valley Woodturners Guild in London, and Stephen Hogbin from Intersections Wood Gallery and Studio in Owen Sound. Each session will be 90 minutes. Refer to the Presentations page for details.

Instant Gallery

An instant gallery will showcase works by all participants at the actual symposium site. This is separate from the Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Exhibition, which is located at a different site and open to the public. All participants in the symposium are encouraged to bring up to 4 pieces of your work to show in the instant gallery.

Wood and Tool Sale

An area will be provided for the sale of wood and/or tools belonging to the symposium participants. Each participant may bring a few pieces of wood and/or tools, used and/or unused, for sale to other participants of the symposium.

Ad-Hoc Demonstations

In addition to the formal presentations, on-going ad-hoc demonstrations will take place in a common area of the symposium throughout the day. These demonstrations may include sharpening, use of tools, specialty tools, turning projects such as boxes, and other general-interest topics.

Symposium Fee

The symposium fee for members of other guilds is $95, which covers all events, including presentations/demonstrations, on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th only, and includes snacks, lunch, and drinks. The symposium fee for members of GBWG, the hosting guild, is $75. To participate in the symposium, you must be a current member of an Ontario-based woodturning guild.

Reserve your spot for the symposium on-line through the Registration page. Payment must be recieved within 2 weeks of your registration to guarantee your spot in the symposium.


All-day hands-on workshops will be held on Friday, September 18th, Monday, September 21st, and Tuesday, September 22nd. The line-up of workshops includes Lost Wood Process by Art Liestman, Texturing and Colouring (including Flame Texturing) by Art Liestman, and, Texturing and Colouring (including Flame Texturing) (repeat) by Art Liestman. Refer to the Workshops page for details.

Workshop Fees

Workshops are individually priced. Snacks, lunch, and drinks are included. Materials are also included unless noted otherwise for specific workshops.

Reserve your spot for one or more workshops on-line through the Registration page. Payment must be recieved within 2 weeks of your registration to guarantee your spot in the requested workshops.

Symposium and/or Workshop Payment

To guarantee your registration for the symposium and/or workshops, your payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration. Please make your cheque payable to Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild and mail to

Ray Fenton
P. O. Box 241
Port Elgin, ON
N0H 2C0

Symposium Location

The Grey-Bruce TurnFest 2020 Symposium will be held at the following location.

1225 Wellington Street
Port Elgin, ON

Click Map for location and directions.