Margaret Garrard The Story So Far
wooden pierced work

Margaret was drawn into woodturning after 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 as it provided her with challenges that would stretch her abilities, and they did, as she won many 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes at the competitions.  She then started to enter national competitions and won prizes there also.

turned and pierced wooden piece

turned wood bowl on twisted stand

She started to do some production turning for a bespoke hard wood furniture company in 2000, and also was invited to give woodturning demonstrations to woodturning clubs; specializing in involuted turning from 2002.  In 2001 she became a member of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.

Margaret’s commisions have included such diverse objects as a tabernacle in burr elm, church candlesticks in oak and burr oak, newell posts, banister rails, bowls, lamps, knobs for furniture, light-pulls, door stops - in fact anything she is asked to do!

Margaret has gained her knowledge of woodturning from her club, further education classes and visiting shows and symposiums. She also won a first prize at the International woodturning exhibition at the NEC, which took her to la Moulin in France for some tuition with Mick Hanbury.  Binh Pho visited England in 2005 and she, with others, spent three days with him.  This time with Binh has influenced her work today and she is always interested in gaining more information about the art of woodturning.
wooden turned spindles
hand-turned banister rails The Worshipful Company of Turners enabled Margaret to visit the internationally known turner Alain Mailland in France through the bursary award, which they granted her in 2007.  The time spent with Alain not only increased her technical ability, but provided further inspiration for her work. 

Galleries where Margaret Garrard's work has been placed:

Daniel Collection

Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain travelling exhibition   2001-3-5-7

From the Wood, Hay-on-Wye

hand turned objet d'art