Saturday, March 10, 2007


The congress will consist of a mix of demonstrations and panel discussions.

Bonnie Klein from the USA is the invited guest turner.

Bonnie’s speciality is boxes with threaded lids, in addition to developing and producing her own small lathe and accessories. Bonnie has been seriously involved with woodturning since the early 1980’s.

In 1986 she designed the small Klein Lathe which has been in production for over 20 years.

In 1992 she introduced the Threading Jig as an accessory to the lathe for cutting threads in wood. Bonnie has produced 5 turning videos which have now been converted to DVD’s.

In 2005 wrote a woodturning project book. She has demonstrated and taught workshops in many countries as well as all over the USA.

In 2003 the American Association of Woodturners recognized her as an Honorary Lifetime Member in recognition of her contributions to woodturning.

More information about her work can be found on her website:

Other than Bonnie's threaded boxes pictured here, attractions will include a demonstration on chainsaw use and blank preparation, a demo on vacuum chucking, a presentation on design and inspiration by Peter Nicolle and Dennis Laidler, a demonstration by Attie van der Colff, who has overcome the challenge of only having one arm to make a living, in addition to several other demos.

The congress will end off with a collaboration session where all participants will have an opportunity to work each other on a project that will be annouced at the congress.

The pre-final programme is now available.
The programme will be completed as the organisers finalise the demonstrators.

There will be four sessions daily, starting at 08h30 in the morning, and finishing at 17h00. On Friday night, supper will be followed by a critique of the instant gallery pieces, and on Saturday night, a gala dinner will be coupled with an auction of selected high quality items.

An instant gallery showcasing the best work of SA turners will be on display for the duration of the congress. Members of the AWSA are encouraged to donate quality items for the charity auction. As is customary, selected high-quality turnings will be auctioned in a full-blown (Izak-style) auction during the gala dinner on Saturday. And of course, there will be the ever-popular raffle with dozens of prizes generously donated by our sponsors.

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