FVWG Demonstrator Assessment Process

 FVWG Safety Assessment Process for Demonstrators

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

Approval Assessors

A group of approved assessors under the supervision of the Executive is available to assess the demonstrators’ ability to select and complete projects that are safe for public viewing. The demonstrators will show they are competent in the safe operation of the lathe and the use of the tools for turning between centres (spindle), and face style.

Assessment Process

A member wanting 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 projects with the assessor in advance. They should be projects that are 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 the member and may or may not give advice. After the assessment, the assessor will go over their findings, discussing the highlights and any short falls. Should a major safety issue arise, the assessor will interject immediately.

Assessment Guidelines

–  The member is required to supply his/her own tools and two blanks; a 2”x2”x6” long billet for a between centres (spindle turning) project, and a 6” dia. x 2” thick disk for a face style project.

–  The between centre (spindle turning) project is to be a group of beads and coves.

–  The bowl project is to be turned on both the inside and outside surfaces.

–  The demonstrator should show a level of comfort using each of the tools.

–  The demonstrator should make sure the work area is clear of any hazards; shavings, cords, etc.

–  If a mistake is made, the demonstrator should acknowledge it to show that he/she recognized it

Assessment Criteria

The main focus of the assessment is Basic Safe Turning. Turning Technique is only considered during the assessment when it is considered to be an unsafe practice. Areas to be considered are listed on the Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild Assessment Report form which is available on the FVWG website.

All Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild demonstrators are required to be reassessed after five (5) years. This is necessary to verify that all FVWG demonstrators are continuing to turn safely. It is also a “due diligence” requirement for our Liability Insurance underwriter.

A list of approved FVWG members is maintained by the FVWG Registrar who is responsible for keeping track of expiry dates.

For insurance reasons this Demonstrator Safety Assessment process only applies for Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild sanctioned events, and is not transferable.

The FVWG Lathe Safety Guidelines and the Safety Standards for Demonstrating in Public are available on the FVWG website, and must be adhered to at all times when demonstrating.


The Report

During the assessment, the assessor will fill out the Guild’s standardized Assessment Report form. After discussing the report with the member, the report must be initialed by both parties and forwarded to the Registrar of the Guild for filing and entering the successful candidate’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 member. Unsuccessful members should be encouraged to overcome any weakness and to apply for reassessment.

As the assessment process is for the purpose of qualifying members, it is not the responsibility of the assessor to provide instruction or mentoring to the member, but if the assessor chooses 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 candidate demonstrator. A copy of the completed form shall be made for the candidate demonstrator and the assessor shall hand the original to the Registrar for filing.

Appeal Process

There will be those who feel they have not been correctly or fairly assessed. Those people 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 to in any way 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 member. The only other viewing will be by the Registrar for clerical reasons or the Executive for assessment for appeal.

Note: All members seeking to be assessed for approval as demonstrators should familiarize themselves with the various requirements. To this end the following documents, which are available on the Guild website, should be read and understood. Print-outs can be made if required.

Related documents:

– Lathe Safety Guidelines

Safety Standards for Demonstrating

FVWG Demonstrator Assesment Report -blank

FVWG Demonstrator Certification Form

 14 September 2017














FVWG Demonstrator Assessment Process



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.



Related documents:

Safety Standards for Demonstrating in Public

FVWG Demonstrator Assesment Report -blank

FVWG Demonstrator Certification Form



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