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Instructors

Ashley Harwood

Ashley Harwood currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she creates her work and teaches at her personal studio. She has demonstrated and taught woodturning in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, visiting seven other countries and travelling as far as Australia. She has been featured in various publications including the American Association of Woodturning’s Journal, Woodturning magazine, Popular Woodworking magazine, and Charleston magazine. Her teaching focuses on fine spindle turning and the Push Cut method of bowl turning along with the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge, with a strong emphasis on tool control. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation art, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing. When she is not teaching, Ashley creates custom production turnings for various clients including furniture, hardware, and lighting companies. Her own works are pieces that are completed entirely on the lathe, without carving, texturing, or burning. She uses simple, classic forms along with distinctive design elements that result in an approachable body of work with a high level of craftsmanship. The scale of her work spans from delicate finials to massive table pedestals that weigh hundreds of pounds when mounted on the lathe.

Find out more about Ashley by visiting her website: ashleyharwood.net, on Instagram @ashleygharwood, or on facebook.

Photo credit:  Glenn Lucas

Mary May

Mary May attended various schools for sculpture in Greece, England, and Malaysia. She has been working as a freelance sculptor in Charleston, SC, for over 25 years and specializes in the classic European style. Her works include details for antique furniture reproductions, architectural ornaments for buildings, and sculptures. For some time now, she has been passing on her knowledge and expertise in courses at various woodworking schools in North America, among them Mark Adam’s School of Woodworking, Roy Underhill’s The Woodright’s School, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and Port Townsend School of Woodworking. She also runs an online woodcarving school with more than 300 instructional videos and has completed her first book on Carving the Acanthus Leaf. www.marymaycarving.com

Peter Moore

Peter Moore has over 15 years of diverse and unique experience. Originally trained in architecture and history, Peter began his working career in historic preservation for a prominent architecture firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. His woodworking career began in a small Indiana wood shop dedicated to cost-effective conservation and restoration of fine antique furniture. Relocating to the Palmetto State, Peter added to his experience as the lead finisher for a marine woodworking shop specializing in custom woodwork for yachts and sailboats. Following the economic downturn Peter moved into custom cabinetry fabrication and construction for residential and commercial clients. Returning to his woodworking roots, Peter launched his own workshop focused upon antique furniture restoration, onsite touchup, repair and spot finishing services.

Joseph Thompson

Joseph Thompson is a fine furniture maker, woodworker and instructor from Orangeburg, SC. He has more than 15 years of experience in designing and handcrafting original furniture, wooden boats and more.

 

He began woodworking in 2003 and has since attended the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island, BC. He also studied fine furniture building at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He then returned to South Carolina and started his handcrafted furniture business, Joseph Thompson Woodworks.

 

Joseph’s work has been featured in the South Carolina State Museum, the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, the American Craft Council, and others.

 

He has special interests in chair making, complex joinery and hand tools. He currently works and teaches in his shop outside of Charleston, SC, where he also resides with his wife, Katie, their two children, and dog. For more on Joseph, visit www.jwtwoodworks.com or on Instagram at @JWTWoodworks

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is an artist, designer, writer, and freelance marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience in the creative arts. She has her own line of jewelry, decor and art, Black Swamp, and is a partner with her husband in his handcrafted furniture business, Joseph Thompson Woodworks.

 

Her current projects include designing and crafting the Cistern Oak Collection for the College of Charleston Alumni Association, and the Women of Woodworking interview and essay series on her website, ktthompson.com. She has authored and internationally self-published a children’s woodworking book, Little Beaver Builds a Bed.

 

Katie received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in communications from the College of Charleston. Her work has been featured in the South Carolina State Museum, on dwell.com, on the TODAY show and others.

 

She currently works in her studio outside of Charleston, SC, where she also resides with her husband, their two children and dog. Her other creative interests include photography, videography, graphic design, visual and installation art. www.ktthompson.com