My name is Ashley Joseph Martin. I was born February 21st, 1992 in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised in the small town of Prosperity, PA, in a large and caring family. The rural environment there laid the foundation for a profound relationship with nature which continues to influence both my work and personal philosophy.
My introduction to woodworking began when I received my first pocket knife. A gift from my father. The influence of that small knife will stay with me throughout my life. I have since been primarily self-taught and believe in learning from each failure as much as each success. Each new experience has made me realize how much one can accomplish with a few tools, and plenty of patience.
I was educated at Ohio University in Aviation and Meteorology. Post graduation, I moved to Columbus where I worked for a short time as a flight instructor at the Ohio State University Airport. Currently I work part-time at The Bottle Shop (“Best cocktails in town” -Everyone), and full-time as a craftsman. My current goal is to focus my efforts on my craft, develop my skills as an artist, and improve myself as a small business owner.
Ash Woodworking Company is a manifestation of my desire to push myself creatively. I began this endeavor to learn something about myself and hopefully improve my creative skills in the process.
In my experience, creative ingenuity thrives in a scenario with limited recourses. I strive to do more than seems possible with what materials I am given rather than seeking ways to reduce the labor involved. I believe this is a relevant and applicable skill considering today’s ever changing environment. I have made it my mission to apply this simple philosophy to my work and personal life. Hopefully this will inspire others to do the same.
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