Margaret was drawn to woodturning when visiting a friend and trying her hand at turning in his shed at the bottom of the garden. She then became a member of the Jorvik Woodturning Club. This club influenced her in her early days by providing challenges that would stretch her abilities, and they did, as she won many prizes at the competitions. She then started to enter national and international competitions and has received awards.
Margaret won the first prize at the International Woodturning Exhibition at the NEC, which took her to La Moulin in France to work with Mick Hanbury. She won the same completion a second time and spent time with Simon Hope. When Binh Pho visited England in 2005, Margaret, with others, spent three days with him which has influenced her work today. Subsequently, Margaret has been very interested in gaining more knowledge about the craft and art of woodturning.
Every four years The Worshipful Company of Turners run a prestigious event in the heart of London, Wizardry in wood. Margaret has displayed and sold her work there. They also organize a bi-annual competition, and she has received awards on several occasions.
"I enjoy all aspects of woodturning and the challenges it brings - from the quite large to the quite small, from the technical to the straight forward - my journey and work are still in progress."
Galleries where Margaret's work has been placed:
The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain travelling exhibition
Wizardy in Wood, London 2008, 2012 and 2020
Association of Woodturners of Great Britain
Ray Key Collaboration
Pablo Nemzoff Collaboration
The Worshipful Company of Turners of London
The Turner – Issue 44
The American Association of Woodturners
American Woodturner Magazine - August and October 2016
Turning 30 - 2016
Rising - 2014
A Walk in the Woods - 2012
Symposium – Tampa - 2013
The Irish Woodturning Guild
The Woodturner Magazine