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 & extraordinary 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. Collect, Give, Buy – many items will be for sale. And there is so much more ...

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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 at the Early-bird prices of Single £8 or Double £15. There are no surcharges for booking through Eventbrite - the ticket price is all you pay.

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Turning Competitions 2016

The rules have been announced for the Company's 2016 competitions to be held on 11th October 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.

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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Great Fire Guided Walk

The long, hot, dry summer of 1666 …. an accident in a baker's shop, and disaster struck. Join a City of London Guide and explore the most famous fire in British history. This is a free walking tour daily, from 30 August to 4 September. Booking essential.

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Introduction to Green Woodwork Courses in London

For all those with a yearning to get carving, join an Introduction to green woodwork course at Abney Park. The London Green Woodwork Centre is supported by The Turners Company Charitable Trust.

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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.

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

August 30, 2016
September 1, 2016
  • Introduction to Green Woodwork Course
    September 1, 2016
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at Abney Park Cemetery Trust, South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH, UK

September 2, 2016
September 4, 2016
September 7, 2016
September 19, 2016
September 23, 2016
  • The Sherrifs' Ball
    September 23, 2016
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Guildhall, Gresham St, London EC2V 7HH, UK

September 25, 2016

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