Teach the Demonstrator Program


Background: The WAWA Board of Directors has established a Teach-the-Demonstrator program for the members who wish to demonstrate but are reluctant because they feel they are not confident in their subject knowledge or presentation techniques. It is quite expensive to bring in an outside professional woodturner for one of our all day programs. We have a lot of talent within our club, but not necessarily the demonstrating experience to complement it. To assist in becoming more conversant and confident in gaining that knowledge the Board is offering our members a woodturning demonstrator training program designed to attain those goals.

Objectives: The objective of teach the Demonstrator is to create a formal program intended for WAWA members who have been or will be conducting woodturning demonstrations. According to Frank Penta's method of teaching there are specific steps for planning and presenting more successful woodturning demonstrations. The Board has appointed a committee that will establish the guidelines and monitor the training program. They will select those who have developed the skills and proficiency to deliver a successful woodturning demonstration for club programs and Advanced Training thru Arrowmont (or other craft school) programs. As the program develops and members are trained and begin demonstrating for WAWA, we should save money on "outside presenters". Those savings can be applied to providing advanced training for our members. The committee will select an individual that has developed a combination of presentation skills, style and technical competence to warrant advanced training funded by WAWA. Advanced training will cover up to $1000 of tuition and expenses for attending a program at Arrowmont,(or other craft school) or training with an AAW listed demonstrator. This is intended to be a merit-based award.

Program Requirements:

  1. Attend a program by Frank Penta on "Planning and Presenting a Successful Demonstration". Any new member or member who was not able to attend Frank's session but is interested in demonstrating can apply and attend a training session that the committee will present in the future based on the format and material from the original class. Experienced WAWA member demonstrators (at the discretion of the Committee and Board) may not need to attend a Frank Penta-type course. However, to insure a consistent quality program the demonstrator should complete items #2 and 3 below.
  2. Using the material from that course, follow the 4-step process to develop a subject of interest - bowls, sharpening, vessel etc. Plan a minimum of a 1 hour presentation.
  3. Submit your materials to the committee.
  4. Schedule a clinic, workshop with the Program Chairman or a class with the Lead Instructor of the woodturning course at Cape Fear Community College. Doing a program demonstration or clinic for another club would also be an option.
  5. There will be no financial awards for a member demonstrating at a WAWA meeting. However, a member is free to demonstrate at other clubs or venues for any fee he/she can negotiate.
  6. The quality of the presentation will be evaluated and given a rating of satisfactory or needs improvement by the committee. Chosen demonstrators will need to meet the satisfactory rating.
  7. Team teaching is acceptable but should be a minimum of a two-hour session.
  8. Those selected to attend an Advanced Training program should be prepared within 6 months of training to present a program for a regular club meeting. Schedule this with the Program chairman.
  9. Advance training request should include a plan that identifies the source, location, type of training objective/goal, time, and total cost of tuition and expenses for WAWA funding.
  10. The student demonstrator should also prepare a course critique questionnaire that will be handed out at the end of program to individuals in attendance. Critique forms should maintain anonymity of the respondents. The critique observations can be utilized to evaluate the quality of the presentation and for the student to improve his/her program. The committee can use this input as one of the tools to select for Advance Training.

Program Documentation

  1. Steps to a Successful Demonstration
  2. Planning Your Demonstration
  3. Developing an Instructional Handout
  4. Demonstration Check Sheet
  5. Packing List