20 August 2011

Introducing our Sponsors - Ashfords

My father Walter founded our company in 1934 and since then we have become a world leader in the manufacture of quality spinning wheels and weaving looms and textile equipment. Today my wife Elizabeth and I, together with our loyal team, have produced over 600,000 wheels and looms in our Ashburton plant.

We use only the finest native New Zealand Silver Beech hardwood, sourced from sustainably-managed forests with Forest Stewardship Council approval.
Our wheels and looms, the result of more than 75 years’ experience, customer feedback, research and development, are designed to be simple, easy and fun to use.

The government has recognized us with awards for excellence in design and exporting.

My mum, Joy was one of the co-founders of the Ashburton Spinners and Weavers Guild and over the years we have enjoyed working with Creative Fibre to sponsor and promote the textile crafts. We are delighted, therefore, to sponsoring this year’s Creative Fibre Festival in Blenheim.

Richard Ashford

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