The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

News

Liveryman Stuart King receives the Turners Company Gold Medal from the Master

Liveryman Stuart King received the Company Gold Medal at the Court Lunch on 23rd March. "Thank you, dear turners, for this recognition / It will surely elevate my egoic condition / And did I hear the ghost of Dick Whittington once more exclaim? / Turn again, turn again, turn again" Stuart King

Sally Burnett morning mizzle

Bursary Awards Request for Applications 2017

For 2017, The Turners’ Company is offering one or more Bursaries, worth up to a combined value of £10,000, to assist talented woodturners to develop their craft skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Applications must be received by the Turners’ Company Clerk before 15th May 2017.

The Turners Company Livery Dinner 2016

The Company welcomed the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and the Sheriffs of the City of London to their Livery Dinner held at Skinners’ Hall. The Master Turner presented the Lord Mayor with a turned laburnham vessel by one of the greatest past Turners, the late Bert Marsh.

Public events

Annual Wren Talk 2017: Dr Anya Matthews

Dr Anya Matthews will discuss the Painted Hall, Greenwich (1707-26) at the annual Wren Talk in St Bride's Fleet Street on Wednesday 28th June. Dr Matthews is Research Curator for the Painted Hall conservation project at the Old Royal Naval College.

Sculpt at Kew

This autumn, enjoy the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden as they provided the idyllic backdrop for this innovative new exhibition, Sculpt at Kew. From18th September to 15th October, work from over 30 renowned international artists, will be exhibited in an exciting new outdoor trail.

London Craft Week, exclusive tours of Cockpit Arts

From 3 - 7 May, London Craft Week will showcase exceptional craftsmanship from around the world through a programme of over 200 events across the city. Cockpit Arts is delighted to be hosting tours to include discussions and insights into the practices of sculptural wood artist Eleanor Lakelin.

Members' events

Members only event

Inter Livery Shoot, 17th May

The annual Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot is an event where the Livery Companies of the City of London go head to head, fielding their best guns in an enjoyable days shooting. Whilst there is definitely an air of competition, the day is also about raising money for charity and having fun.

Members only event

Spring Dinner

The Spring (Ladies) Dinner will be held at Apothecaries Hall on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 6.45pm for 7.15pm. This dinner provides members with the opportunity to invite spouses, partners, family and friends to enjoy the conviviality of a Turners evening.

Members only event

Dowgate Fire Station Visit – New Date 8th June

A new date has been organised for the Company visit to the Dowgate Fire Station, the last remaining, fully operational, fire station in the City of London. There is a full programme of events followed by lunch. If you would like to go on the visit please register your interest with the office.

About the Company

Company

One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.

The Master’s Letter

Nicolas Somers was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners on Ascension Day, 5th May 2016. In 2004 he was invited by Ray Key to the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition and then introduced to the Company by Penrose Halson, our first Lady Master. Read his Masters' Letter ...

Latest issue of The Turner

The latest issue of The Turner has just been published.

Wizardry in Wood

The Daniel Collection at Wizardry

Shirley Sinclair and Jonathon Cuff have created one of the UK’s largest private collections of modern woodturning. At Wizardry, Forty eight works formed a curated display of the skill, range and creativity of contemporary UK and international craftsmen.

View the Catalogue

"I trust that everyone who visits Wizardry in Wood leaves with a greater appreciation of turned wood and timbers than when they first arrived. Whatever your particular interests, I trust that you will enjoy your visit" Nic Somers, Master

Turning Competitions 2016 – The Results

There were over 200 entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions. See the results and winners.

Features

London Turners and Woodwind Heritage

There was an explosion of secular music in the Renaissance Period. For almost two centuries, London woodwind instrument making was dominated by a network of over 140 London Turners. John Bridgeman explores the fascinating development of the English recorder from Henry VIII to the present day.

REME and The Turners’ Company

The Turners' Company has had a close relationship with REME since its formation in May 1942, in the middle of WWII. But the role of turners in supporting the army goes back to much earlier times, when mediaeval siege engines like the Trubuchet played a major role in warfare, explains John Bridgeman.

The Turners and the Navy

The turners' craft has had a huge influence on world events from the very earliest days of sail. Archimedes invented the compound pulley in about 250 BC. More recently, wooden bearings were used on the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. John Bridgeman tells the story ...

Diary

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  • Spring Dinner
    April 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Apothecaries Hall, Blackfriars, London

May 3, 2017
May 10, 2017
May 11, 2017
  • Woodworks
    May 11, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, Daventry NN11 4FP, UK

May 12, 2017
  • Master and Wardens Collections
    May 12, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at London Bridge, London SE1, UK

  • Woodworks
    May 12, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Daventry Leisure Centre, Lodge Rd, Daventry NN11 4FP, UK

May 15, 2017
May 17, 2017

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