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Rachel Ashcroft

Based in rural Dumfries and Galloway, under the name 'Woman of the Woods' I make unique wooden furniture and objects from the naturally abundant timber that shapes our local landscape.
As a fine art graduate, retrained to work with wood, I see everything I make as a one-off, one-of-a-kind sculpture.

Images of Studio

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About My Practice

I love working with wood, designing and moulding my work around the grain and patterns inherent in the material, through the shapes and forms I create.

I source all of my wood directly from the region I live in, which is mostly storm-blown or diseased, naturally air dried hardwood timber. I feel proud to hold that connection to the land and a real sense of sustainability in the material I use.

My current range includes: spoons, vases, boards, sconces, cabinets and footstools.

Last year I was a recipient of the ‘Emerge’ bursary organised by Upland Art CIC, our regional arts organisation in Dumfries and Galloway. Designed for early career artists and makers, Emerge gave me both mentoring sessions and financial help. This has supported me to develop and lay a strong foundation for my creative business and progression in my work.

My making process centres around the timber I am able to source. Each plank is a starting point on a journey to find the best way to showcase this individual piece of wood, it's shapes and properties and turn it into an object that can be used or admired in somebody's home.

I enjoy the initial stage of planing the timber – taking a rough board and slowly revealing it's beautiful character and grain as more wood is removed – and the excitement of what it might become.

Tools & Materials

I use a range of woodworking machinery such as thicknesses/planer, sanders, drills, a bandsaw and a lathe. I also use hand tools such as planes, spokeshaves and carving chisels.

My material is always hardwood timber sourced here in Dumfries and Galloway, sometimes also incorporating the driftwood I find along the Solway coast line.

Examples of work

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Spring Fling Activity

I'll be demonstrating my spoon-carving techniques and other processes over the weekend.

Offer for Spring Fling Friends

10% off




Killymingan Farm, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries, DG2 8LE


Parking Spaces: 12


ramp up to workshop

Price Range

– £500

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