Mary Ashton » Professional Tutors

Many of our members offer training courses for those new to turning, intermediate turners and also for more experienced turners looking for specialised tuition.
All our tutors have many hours of hands-on experience delivering professionally structured courses in well equipped workshops, with an emphasis on health and safety, and where you can be assured you will receive top class tuition individually tailored to your requirements and ability.

If you’re a beginner or wish to learn new woodturning techniques our members can offer training in every aspect of woodturning.

When you book a training session with an RPT member, you can be certain that you will receive top quality tuition from a highly skilled turner who has years of woodturning and teaching experience.

Below are all the registered professional turners who offer a teaching service, randomly ordered. Click their name to view the complete details, or use the ‘Show Bio’ or ‘Show Map’ links for a quick view.

Mary Ashton

Mary Ashton Woodturner
Work Mary’s Workshop, St. Werburghs Bristol Bristol BS2 UK


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I first discovered the pleasure of creating with wood when I attended an evening course at the Bristol Women’s Workshop, in the mid 1980’s. My tutor persuaded me that I had a natural affinity to both working with wood and teaching (she encouraged me to show others in the group the skills I had advanced further forward with).

Consequently I went onto study Fine Furniture  and Woodmachining both to Advanced City & Guilds levels. Whilst learning I taught on the Women’s Workshop course I had started with myself, and also provided courses for a charity that specialised in provision of craft courses for vulnerable adults.

Whilst attending my  furniture studies I enjoyed producing woodturned components for pieces of furniture, gaining confidence with copy turning and making items that reflected drawn designs for drawer handles, table legs, etc.

I discovered Max Carey’s workshop in Portishead in 2002, which later became the Max  Carey Woodturning Trust and for which I am a trustee. My woodturning skills and passion for turning advanced quickly here and my teaching provision evolved to become more about woodturning rather than furniture.

I now provide 1-2-1 woodturning tuition, to adults, and occasional demonstrations when I am able fit them in.



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