The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Wizardry in Wood

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Wizardry in Wood Exhibition

Beautiful & amazing original works by 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary woodturners. Meet the makers. View & Love one of the world’s largest private collections. Marvel at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew exhibits.

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Buy Wizardry in Wood Exhibition Tickets

Buy tickets now for the Turners' Company Wizardry in Wood exhibitition 12-15 October 2016 through Eventbrite. Early-bird ticket prices of Single £8 or Double £15 only until this Wednesday, 31 August.

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Turning Competitions 2016

The Company's 2016 Competitions will be held on Tuesday 11th October at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London. All entries will be exhibited as part of Wizardry in Wood 2016. All Competition entrants will also receive two complementary tickets to Wizardry in Wood for Saturday 15 October.

News

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East Herts Woodturners at Gilwell 24

One hundred and thirty scouts and leaders get hands-on experience of woodturning thanks to the East Herts Woodturners - at an action-packed Gilwell 24 weekend held in July at the home of World Scouting.

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Shrieval Chain Appeals

In accordance with normal custom and practice Sheriffs, Alderman Peter Estlin and Alderman William Russell will be presented with their chains of office and Badges at a date to be decided in September. Their many friends and colleagues are invited to contribute by making a donation.

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City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the February 2016 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information.

Public events

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House of Garrard Window Display by Joey Richardson

Congratulations to Joey Richardson, Liveryman and Queen Elizabeth Scholoarship Trust (QEST) Scholar for producing such a stunning display of 38 butterflies and 8 sculptures for the House of Garrard, London.

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Great Fire of London 350th anniversary

Great Fire 350 marks the 350th anniversary of the 1666 Great Fire of London. Throughout the rest of 2016, City organisations will mark the commemoration with a season of events including exhibitions, concerts, lectures and tours. The London's Burning festival is a highlight from 30 August to 4 Sept.

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Ray Key exhibits at The Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Camden

Ray Key, Master in Turning and member of the Turners' Company, is one of four craftsmen featured in the 'Tensile' exhibition at the The Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire from 3 June to 13 July.

Members' events

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Members only event

Turners Company Livery Luncheon

The Master and Wardens would like to invite Company Liverymen to the annual Company Livery Luncheon, to be held in Apothecaries' Hall on Wednesday 28th September 2016. This is an informal lunch for Liverymen and their guests and an ideal time to introduce potential new members to the Company.

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Members only event

Max Carey Trust Weekend

Following two very successful short woodturning courses at the Max Carey Trust (Portishead, Bristol), another is planned over the weekend of Fri 30 September to Sun 2 October 2016. These courses are designed for turners of all levels - including complete beginners - and are a huge amount of fun.

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Members only event

Drive your own sheep across London Bridge

As Freemen of the City of London, members of the Turners’ Company have the opportunity to exercise their ancient right to drive a sheep over Tower Bridge on Sunday 25th September. The Drive is organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, but book quickly as only a few places are left.

About the Company

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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.

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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 ...

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Latest issue of The Turner

The latest issue of The Turner has just been published.

Features

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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.

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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 ...

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Henry Llewelyn Howell and the Turners’ Company

Henry Llewelyn Howell (1851 – 1935) was Master of the Turners' Company in 1910 - and in his memory the Company was given a beautiful silver porringer. As the H Llewelyn Howell Memorial Trophy, this is awarded to the Company's Craft Prize-Winners from the Royal Navy.

Diary

September 25, 2016
September 28, 2016
  • Livery lunch
    September 28, 2016
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall

September 29, 2016
  • Election of Lord Mayor
    September 29, 2016
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

September 30, 2016
October 5, 2016
  • City Briefings
    October 5, 2016
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall

October 6, 2016
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 6, 2016 to October 9, 2016
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom

  • Restoration Dinner and A Very British Fire
    October 6, 2016
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    at Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Ln, London EC4Y 9AT, UK

October 10, 2016
  • Wizardry in Wood
    October 10, 2016 to October 16, 2016
    6:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at Carpenters Hall

October 11, 2016
October 12, 2016
October 14, 2016
October 19, 2016

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