Colwin Way started his turning career at 13 which quickly turned into an obsession. As a young teenager, he spent three weeks with Geoffrey Manley where Geoff would show him once and told him to “get on with it.” At the end of that experience, Colwin convinced his parents to help buy his first lathe, a Myford ML8. After honing his skills, Geoff asked him to become an apprentice where he worked for the next five years learning a huge variety of turning techniques from spindle to bowl, hollow forms to miniature but also in many materials including wood, bone, ivory, jade, jet, antler, stone, horn, amber, plastic, clay and resin. In 1998 Colwin started working as an advisor for Axminster tools, which included teaching, demonstrating and writing for them. To date he has lectured in the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Ireland and Norway.

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We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!