Living at the base of Swaledale, one of the famous Yorkshire Dales, Margaret Garrard is surrounded by indigenous woodland, coppices, waterfalls and spectacular landscape - perfect inspiration for any artist.
She started woodturning as a hobby in 1995. By 2000 it developed into a business incorporating a wide range of wooden items and she has done all kinds of work, from lawn mower rollers to a tabernacle for Windsor College Chapel; table legs, bed knobs and broomsticks... bowls are somewhere in-between.
From there her creative bent took over. Not content with wood turning, she developed piercing and complex designs, her inspiration drawn from the natural forms she observed on her long walks in the dales. This has earned her prizes in International competitions; her work can now be seen in The Daniel Collection, London.
She has recently returned from France after The Worshipful Company of Turners of London sponsored her to further develop new techniques and design for her artistic work.