Supplier Magazine has just launched its first ever issue of the Supplier Woodworking magazine E-newsletter – your digital industry magazine.

The newsletter will be published between print issues of Supplier magazine to keep you up-to-date with all the news, views, happenings and new products in our industry.

The Supplier E-newsletter is written and compiled by Technology editor Philip Ashley – a formidable woodworking expert whose knowledge and expertise is well known and respected throughout the industry.

Philip Ashley arrived from England in 1963 when he was 11 years old. He completed his wood machining apprenticeship in 1972, taking out the Australian Institute of Wood Machining Award for highest marks and the Victorian Department of Labour and Industry Silver medal for Outstanding Apprentice (Wood Machining trade) final year”. He currently holds the Cert 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment; the Diploma of Technical Teaching and is completing a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

Philip has worked in a timber mill, a cabinet shop, a shop-fitting workshop and a large joinery manufacturer (Stegbar), where he became leading hand. In 1980 he began a career as a teacher – first at Collingwood TAFE, followed by Prahran and Holmesglen, where he finished as Teaching Centre Manager in 2013.

During his time at TAFE he was seconded as Training Officer with the Victorian Furniture Industry Training Centre where he delivered the first (TAFE and industry) CNC training courses in Victoria, following closely behind NSW and WA.

Philip has worked with the CSIRO and University of Melbourne on several domestic and international projects producing research and providing training. He has visited over 20 countries around the world to look at suppliers, manufacturers, research centres, trade shows and training institutions.

He is a past recipient of the Gottstein (CSIRO) and ISS (International Specialised Skills) Fellowships. Philip has also served on the Committee SF007 Australian Standards for Machine Guarding and several other industry advisory groups.

Philip has been writing technical articles since 1993 and contributes to six Australian and international magazines and writes technical articles for several machinery importers. He is Technology Editor for Supplier Woodworking magazine and currently has over 300 articles and numerous technical reports in print.

He was awarded a citation for Services to the Furniture Industry by the Victorian Furnishing Industry training Board in 1995 and is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Institute of Wood Machining.

Philip can be contacted by email on or 0417 583 346