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The Max Carey Workshop

Learning to turn at the Max Carey Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. The Charitable Company was incorporated on the 13th November 2008 and commenced activities on the 1st. January 2010. The ‘Mill’ is a former joinery shop which had been disused for almost 20 years following the closure of the Building and Joinery business owned by the late Max Carey. Max had a lifelong passion for woodturning and when diagnosed with cancer he wished to see the workshop used for the benefit of fellow wood turners. In conversation one evening Max and Liveryman Stuart Bradfield agreed to set up a charitable company, develop the workshop, and provide up to date equipment and accommodation. Training and development packages now include an Apprenticeship Programme, a Journeyman Scheme and an Artisan programme.

The two day course for starting or learning some more about woodturning at the Max Carey Trust was a fabulous experience.

The setting was Portishead, where we were comfortably and conveniently accommodated. We began with an optional visit to a replica sailing ship, The Matthew, in dock in Bristol.

Then met together for drinks and dinner at a local Italian restaurant, which looked after us very well on both nights.

The company was very convivial, and the atmosphere relaxed.

The two days at The Mill were incredible! The teachers were patient, kind and encouraging, and brilliant at communicating. We had hours of practice and could disappear for hot drinks and snacks at any time.

We made a different item each day and drew inspiration from examples of work that were on display.

I’d recommend it to anyone tempted to have a try at turning, or who has done some already and would like to advance their skills with experienced tutors on hand.


Deborah Avery Oct 2018.



The Max Carey Trust, turning weekend for all abilities was held from Friday to Sunday 12th – 14th October 2018 at,

Max Carey Woodturning Trust
35 High street
BS20 6AA (map)


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