Woodworking fest 2016 in Moscow

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Blog entry by Sergeich posted 04-23-2016 05:10 PM 1571 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend 11th annual Woodworking fest took place in Sokolniki park, Moscow. 11 years ago this event began as a meeting of several passionate woodworkers in a private workshop. Each year number of participants was increasing. Last year more than one thousand persones from different regions of Russia participated. I guess this time number of people increased even more. It was first time when I decided to join this event.
On the fest various masterclasses, competitions, exibitions, tools, machinery, literature on woodworking, carving, wickerwork, turning, marquetry etc. were presented.
Here I post a short photo-report on the event.

Michael Ilyaev, carver, author of numerous books on carving (I’v got one of them):

Wooden miniature:

Dmitry Glazoff, ship modeller and woodworker, gives masterclass on shipmodelling:

Ship models by different authors:

CNS carving:

Children like ship molels:

Japanese woodworkers are presenting their tools:

Masterclass on making wickerwork bird houses:

Dremel carving:


Traditional arts:

Stool competition:

This was a winner:

Mechanical stool. The seat can move horizontally without changing a hight and slope angle. The inscription reads that it is reproduction of a stool designed in 1876 by Chebyshev mechanisms company.

Tradition style furniture:


Masterclass on finishing by Fyodor Bondarev:

Gingerbread forms:

Wooden toys:

Oh, bird hous is complete!

Pictures from straw:

A bird:


Hunting scene:

Vsevolod Poltavtsev, woodworker, gives masterclass on sharpening:

Closer look:

More closer. Nice detail!

Mobile model of tsar Peter the First at a workbench. He brought a woodworking art from Europe to Russia in 17th century. Before him everything from wood was made by only axe.


A guy from Tanzania gives masterclass on turning:

Masterclass on japaneese woodworking by Russian woodworker Valery Mescheryakoff:

Demonstration of a jig:

And eventually most exciting moment for me at the Fest . I have taken a masterclass on turning from Tanzanian guy Juma. It was my first time on turning. I’ve turned some exercise piece and got a lot of joy. Now I am going to buy a lathe.

I am going to visit the Fest next year again. And may be I will take part in a competition.

May you all be happy!



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#1 posted 04-23-2016 11:57 PM

A lot of interesting and beautiful work there. I especially liked the ships and the straw art. Thank you for sharing this.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 01:10 PM

Looks like a great time, Serge! Congratulations on your decision to get a lathe. Remember, that is only the beginning. Turning can be addicting. Thanks for sharing your experience at the fest.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 04-24-2016 02:07 PM

A fascinating showing. I especially liked the straw art and the marquetry.

-- Kepy

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#4 posted 04-24-2016 02:18 PM

Wow that looks like it was a great show with tons of talented woodworkers and wonderful and unique projects.Thanks for sharing Serge.


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#5 posted 04-24-2016 03:25 PM

Thank you for kind words guys and Candy!

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 04:40 PM

Wow! They do some beautiful work. Thanks for the post and all of the pictures.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-25-2016 05:22 AM

Incredible display of craftspeople and crafts! I am so glad that you shared your experience.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 04-25-2016 09:11 AM

This is so very cool!

Man, I wish I had a better time planning so I could make it there…

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#9 posted 04-25-2016 09:49 AM

Charles, fatman51 – thanks!
Yuri I’m sure next year we’ll do it together! Thanks!

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#10 posted 04-25-2016 10:46 AM

I would love to go. My wife is from the Krasnodar region. She would even enjoy it!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 04-28-2016 11:10 AM

Thanks for sharing this with us Serge. I have great admiration for Russian woodworking in general, but especially for the traditional work I’ve seen from there. I also loved the fine straw work shown in your photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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