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Mary Ashton - Woodturner

My woodturning journey initially began in the 1980’s whilst taking part in a course at the Bristol Women’s Workshop. It was there that I discovered my affinity for working with wood and was consequently encouraged by my tutor to further study and pursue a career teaching woodwork. I felt that I had found my niche in life and took the advice seriously going on to study Fine Furniture and Woodmachining, both to Advanced level, at City of Bristol College. Later returning as an instructor on the Furniture course.

Orchard Workshop

I began provision of wood based courses for the charity Orchard Workshop in the year 2000, I started teaching woodturning there in 2004. Sadly the charity will cease to exist from the end of April 2019. During my time with Orchard Workshop I had the pleasure of teaching many people from all walks of life, including working with vulnerable adults, and those with learning difficulties.I am pleased that I was given the opportunity to take over the woodwork room in October 2018, in order to continue independent provision of Woodturning Courses. My part of the original workshop has now been renamed ‘Orchard Wood Workshop’.


Register of Professional Turners (RPT)

I was assessed by The Worshipful Company of Turners and accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in August 2009. Since then I have gained more recognition for my woodturning, tutoring and demonstration skills.

Max Carey Woodturning Trust (MCWT)

I have been a trustee for the MCWT since its 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.