The Worshipful Company of Turners

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



Turning Competitions 2016

The Worshipful Company of Turners would like to invite both professional and amateur woodturners to register their interest in its 2016 competitions at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London. Also supporting junior turners in schools and colleges, it is the largest of its kind in Europe with entries from the UK and abroad.

The Master, Wardens and the Lord Mayor, Company Livery Dinner

The Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Master welcomed the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Alderman, Masters, Wardens, Clerks and honoured guests at the Company Livery Dinner, in the splendid Skinners' Hall this year.

Ray Key BEM cropped

Ray Key receives his British Empire Medal

On 4th November Ray Key, one of the premier figures in world turning, received his British Empire Medal (BEM) from The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire at the Guildhall, Worcester.



Wizardry in Wood 2016

Showcasing the best contemporary and traditional turning, the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition was held by the Company in 2004 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its Royal Charter.

handmade at kew 2016

Handmade at Kew, Call for applications

Handmade in Britain and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are excited to announce the second year of the international craft event, Handmade at Kew. Online applications are open now until 31st March.

Apoth Hall

Members only event

Gardner Williams Banquet

The banquet is held in memory of the Company’s benefactor, Richard Gardner Williams whose legacy in 1931 provided the financial support to enable the Company to build and flourish. All Liverymen and Freemen are encouraged to attend the dinner to honour the memory and generosity of Richard Gardner Williams in the manner that he himself prescribed.

About the Company

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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.

Nick Edwards, Renter Warden

The Master’s Letter

It is with a sense of awe that I took on the Mastership of our illustrious Company on 14th May 2015. Awe not just for the honour but also at the historical context of the Turners’ Company. It is over 400 years since we had a royal charter conferred on us but the record shows we had been in existence for at least the same period prior to 1604.

Turned bowl by Matthew Corbishley, bursary award winner 2013

Bursary Awards

The Turners Company is pleased to offer one or more Bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented turners to achieve or develop their professional aspirations and to enhance their future career opportunities.



A fisherman’s tale

Turners with even a passing interest in fly fishing can take great pride in the Company’s association with the Ustonson Dynasty: Royal Warrant Holders and suppliers of fishing tackle to three British monarchs, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.

Baroness Burdett-Coutts' garden party

Their romance outraged Queen Victoria: The story of Ashmead Burdett-Coutts and the Baroness

William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett- Coutts was Master of the Turners’ Company for two years, from May 1888 to May 1890. When only 30, he married the Baroness, who was then 67 years old. Queen Victoria was outraged, calling it the mad marriage.

Dartmoor hut

Back to the early Bronze Age

In 2011 an early Bronze Age, 4000 years old cist burial chamber was discovered on Dartmoor. Inside were the cremated remains of a female and, almost uniquely for this period, well preserved grave goods including four lathe-turned ear studs.


February 9, 2016
February 10, 2016
  • Lent at St Bride's

    February 10, 2016

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    at St Bride's Church, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8AU, United Kingdom

February 22, 2016
  • The City Water Debate

    February 22, 2016

    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    at Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Cl, London SE1 9DD, United Kingdom

February 23, 2016
February 24, 2016
  • One Day Spoon Carving Courses

    February 24, 2016

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

February 27, 2016
  • One Day Spoon Carving Courses

    February 27, 2016

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0LH, United Kingdom

March 2, 2016
March 7, 2016
March 8, 2016
March 11, 2016
  • United Guilds Service

    March 11, 2016

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

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