Symposium 2018

Fellow lovers of wood!


We are pleased to announce that Early-bird registration to the Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium 2018 is now open.  This is now our fifth consecutive year conducting this highly popular event.  We’re hoping that you’ll be able to join us for a full day of presentations, prize draws and camaraderie among friends and those who love working with wood.

Here are the highlights:


  • When: Saturday, 7 April 2018, from 9am – 5pm.  (Doors open at 8:30am)


  • Where: Frontenac Secondary School, 1789 Bath Rd., Kingston, Ontario, Canada (map)

Six excellent Presenters:


  • Jacques Breau – End Grain Woodworks
    • “Difficult box joinery: Double end grain corner joint”


  • Linda Manzer – Manzer Guitars
    • “The Group of Seven Guitar Project –
      • When Woodwork meets Music meets Art”



  • Mark Sheridan– Tributes in Wood and President of the Ontario Wood Carvers Association
    • “Different Carving Styles”


  • Vic Tesolin – Minimalist Woodworker
    • “Inlay Techniques”


  • Nick Verbree – Old Soldier Toolworks
    • “A Blacksmith’s Thoughts on Metal for the Woodworker”


  • The Schedule for the day can be found here.

Our Sponsors

  • A listing of Symposium 2018 Sponsors can be found here.


Please note that photographing, videotaping or voice recording of presentations, by audience members, is strictly forbidden.

What else is Going On:

  • Gallery Display, showcasing work done by the Presenters
  • Prize draws exceeding $4,500 (you may purchase tickets during the event: $1 each, or 7 for $5)
  • Sponsors on site
  • sharing camaraderie with those who love working with wood.

Registration Fee:

  • $45 Early Bird Registration Fee (prior to 28 February 2018, for the first 60 registrants).  $65 thereafter – including at the door.
  • Special rate of $20 for Secondary School students.
  • Your registration fee includes free coffee or tea in the morning, plus a light lunch.
  • How to Register (3 Options):
  1. Interac e-Transfer to with the password “KWAKWA” in capitals; also include your name, phone and email in the comments (contact info will be used only to contact you in regard to the event).  No PayPal, No VISA, No Mastercard.  Contact Les at (613) 766-3008 if assistance is required;


  1. By Mail:  Contact Les at (613) 766-3008 for details on mailing in your registration (cheques, only); or


  1. In person at any KWA monthly meeting or gathering, or at the door (cheques or cash, only).


We look forward to receiving your registration and welcoming you to Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium 2018.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this event or our association, please feel free to email our President, Marty Schlosser, at or phone our Treasurer and Past-President, Les Clarke, at 613-766-3008.