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Mary Ashton - Woodturner


I have been woodturning for some 25 years during which time I have studied Fine Furniture and Woodmachining to Advanced level at City of Bristol College.

Last year I returned as an instructor on the Furniture course.


Orchard Workshop

I have worked under the umbrella of Orchard Workshop for more than a decade.

Orchard Workshop celebrated it’s silver jubilee in 2013. During my time there I have enjoyed working with vulnerable adults including those with learning difficulties, and have also delivered advanced courses in woodturning and woodwork (furniture).


Register of Professional Turners (RPT)

Since being assessed by The Worshipful Company of Turners and accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in August 2009, I have gained more recognition for my woodturning, tutoring and demonstration skills. In September 2012 I was invited to demonstrate at the National Woodturning Seminar in Ireland which was a fantastic experience.


Max Carey Woodturning Trust (MCWT)

I have been an acting Director for the MCWT since it’s conception in 2008. MCWT was set up in order to develop the public in the art of woodturning and is a corporate member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.


Wood is beautiful….

As woodturning continues to progress and inspire those who visit galleries and seminars I am pleased to help satisfy the demand for courses in the subject.

Wood is such a naturally beautiful and tactile medium to work with and the possibilities are boundless in the creation of artistic, sculptural and useful objects



“Black Magic” AWGB Travelling Exhibition 2011