Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler

Graeme & Melissa have a combined experience of 45 years in the woodworking field. Graeme got his start as a production bowl turner and Melissa a furniture maker. Both moved into more sculptural work mid-career and have a shared love of using embellishment and color to accent their pieces. Their demos include woodturning, textural carving & pyrography, making your own woodburning brands, and how to use color effectively. Also discussed are design ideas and how to look to everyday life for creative inspiration.

Ammonite Bowl

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler - Ammonite Bowl

This demonstration will cover the design and influences behind these bowls. We will discuss wood selection, preparation and drying. Then go on to basic bowl turning techniques, tool selection, sharpening and safety.

Then we will cover low relief carving and surface embellishment with rotary tools and wood burners, and coloring with acrylic paint, milk paint and paste wax application.

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler - Ammonite Bowls

Time permitting, we will talk about other designs and surface techniques and show how we execute them. 

Surface, surface! – Part 1

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler - Surface 1

Presents a myriad of embellishment possibilities with rotary carvers and other carving tools.

Covers design and influences, personalizing your work.

Tool selection, sharpening and safety. Wood selection. Rotary/hand carving and texturing techniques. Colouring and finishing.

Surface, surface! – Part 2

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler - Surface 4

Presents a myriad of surface treatments and embellishment possibilities with woodburners.

Covers design and influences, personalizing your work. 

Equipment selection, use and safety. Wood selection. Designing and making your own burner tips/brands. Woodburning techniques/surface branding. Colouring and finishing.

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler - Surface 5