FVWG Demonstrator Assessment Process

FVWG Demonstrator Assessment Process

Members of the FVWG who demonstrate at Guild sponsored events need to be approved as Demonstrators. The following is the process and criteria for a member, as a candidate Demonstrator, to become approved. The need for assessment is strictly one of safety and the need to operate a lathe in such a manner as to not endanger any spectators.

Approval Assessors

To be approved as a Demonstrator, a member must show competence in the safe operation of the lathe and the use of tools. A group of approved Assessors under the supervision of the Executive is available to assess a member’s ability to select and complete a project that is safe for public viewing.

Approval Process

A member wishing to be a candidate to qualify as a Demonstrator should contact an Assessor and arrange for a convenient time and place for the assessment. The member should discuss the project with the Assessor. It should be one that is easily done in a short period of time and of a nature that is appropriate for demonstrating in public. During the assessment, the Assessor may or may not engage with the candidate and may or may not give advice. After the assessment, the Assessor will go over findings, discussing the highlights and any shortfalls.

Assessment Criteria

Things that need to be considered are obvious, being a part of any instruction on lathe practices and are mentioned in many publications, however they need to be included here for the benefit of the Assessor and the candidate so that both are on the same footing.

1. Setup

▪ The blank is correctly and securely mounted on the lathe.
▪ Appropriate speed has been selected.
▪ Toolrest set properly and clear of the blank.
▪ Spectator control is in place such as adequate distance from the operation or appropriate screening.

2. Personal Attire

▪ Appropriate clothing is worn with no pieces able to interfere with the lathe.
▪ No dangling items are worn such as jewelry, name tags, watches, etc.
▪ Appropriate face and eye protection is worn.

3. Choice of material and project

▪ The project should be of an appropriate size for the limited time available.
▪ The project should be simple enough to be completed in a limited amount of time.
▪ The project should not be offensive to the audience:
▪ limited sanding
▪ material does not have an offensive or dangerous odor
▪ processes do not produce excessive smoke
▪ Material that is free of defects which might cause catastrophic failure.

4. Tools and techniques – Basic techniques that should be observed:

▪ The appropriate use of the bevel when turning.
▪ Placement of the toolrest for height and distance from the project to insure proper tool contact.
▪ The correct toolrest height for scrapers, whether flat scraping or shear scraping, in relation to the type of cut, interior or exterior, in face plate turning.
▪ The selection of the appropriate tool to accomplish any particular task and that the candidate is comfortable with and confident in using it.

The Report

During the assessment, the Assessor will fill out the Guild’s standardized Assessment Report form. After discussing the report with the candidate, the report should be initialed by both parties and forwarded to the Registrar of the Guild for filing and entering the successful member’s name to the list of qualified Demonstrators. The report should be made in such a manner as to be as positive in nature as possible. A copy of the report must also be given to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates should be encouraged to overcome any weakness and to apply for reassessment

As the assessment process is for the purpose of qualifying members as Demonstrators, it is not the responsibility of the Assessor to provide instruction or mentoring to the candidate, but if Assessors choose to do so, that is their prerogative.

Demonstrator Certification

Upon completing a successful assessment, a Demonstrator Certification form shall be filled out by the Assessor and the member as the candidate Demonstrator. A copy of the completed form shall be made for the member and the Assessor shall hand the original to the Registrar for filing.

Appeal Process

There may be those who feel they have not been correctly or fairly assessed. They can contact the Registrar and request a reassessment. A reassessment will be done by a different Assessor. The second Assessor must not make contact with the first Assessor in any way to discuss the original assessment or the member, or view the original report.


All evaluations are to be private and confidential between the Assessor and the candidate. The only other viewing will be by the Registrar for clerical reasons or the Executive for assessment of an appeal.

Related documents:

Safety Standards for Demonstrating in Public

FVWG Demonstrator Assesment Report -blank

FVWG Demonstrator Certification Form



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