Quality is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
— William A. Foster

'Good luck' could be said to be the happy consequence of previous preparation and an opportunity. 

An encouraging family, a large top floor bedroom with a homemade circular saw, and workbench provided fertile ground for Mark to practise his passion for crafting in wood, as well as a space for setting up a small picture framing business at the age of 15. 

At 17, he left school and home, and went to work for the experience, at a cabinet maker's. He was 'bottom of the heap' at the production workshop; however, he learned wood machining and built a determination to progress to eventually take a three year course in Fine Craftsmanship at Rycotewood College, the premier makers' College in the country. 


After College Mark accepted a job at the Whitehouse Workshop, Surrey. David Linley was part of the collective, and offered Mark the new position of Workshop Manager in a new workshop near Cirencester in 1987. He accepted this position, knowing it was for him the beginning of his lifelong work in the field.

In 1988, Mark set up his first workshop. Expanding throughout the 90's, building skills and a reputation as the leading luxury production workshop in the country, he relocated in 1997 to a new 20,000 square foot workshop in Whitby. 


With a highly skilled workforce of 15 makers, Mark Asplin Whiteley continues to innovate and forge 'the cutting edge' in materials, skills, and technology for valued clients after nearly thirty years in the business. 

The passion for quality, the commitment to meet the client's needs at the very top of the luxury furniture market, and the energy to keep innovating have ensured that Mark Asplin Whiteley is still the go-to workshop for Quality and Technical Expertise.