The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Wizardry in Wood

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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.

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"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

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Turning Competitions 2016 – The Results

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

News

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Certificates in Turning for Orchard Workshop students

Students at Orchard Workship near Bristol recently completed their Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) course and received their Certificates in Turning from the Master of the Turners' Company Nicholas Somers.

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Jack Darach, Turners’ Company QEST Scholar

Jack Darach is one of Britain’s leading young Woodwind Instrument Makers. He was awarded the QEST Turners’ Livery Company Prize for 2016. At the Turners’ Company Livery Lunch on 28th September he played a delightful instrumental solo on his own, beautifully crafted, Ganassi Recorder.

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The amazing Automaton lathe

With the help of a £5,000 grant from the Turners' Company, the Science Museum has taken in hand the major restoration of a most dramatically ornate rose engine lathe from the eighteenth century. Mystery surrounds the origins of this machine, with its amazing rococo decoration.

Public events

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London’s Baking!

Inspired by Thomas Farrier and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this free exhibition tells the story of London's bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the 20th-century. Discover recipes from 1700 to take away and bake!

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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.

Members' events

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Mills, Turners and the Industrial Revolution

Built on a pre-Domesday site, the Grade I listed 18th century House Mill is understood to be the largest surviving tidal mill in the world. John Bridgeman CBE (Master Turner 2014/15) will be giving an illustrated talk, on 24th January 2017 at the Miller's House.

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Members only event

Turners’ Company Livery Dinner

The Company's Livery Dinner will be held this year at Skinners' Hall on Monday 19th December.

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Members only event

The Worshipful Company of Musicians Carol Service

The Musicians' Company are sharing their annual carol service again with us this year to be held at St Michael's Cornhill on Wednesday 14th December, followed by a Christmas dinner with the Musicians' Companyl.

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.

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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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London Turners and the Industrial Revolution

Between 1760 and 1850 Britain became the world's first industrial nation. The Turners’ Company was at the heart of the huge changes that took place - including innovations in engineering, the mechanisation of agriculture and massive investments in manufacturing, mining and transportation.

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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.

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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.

Diary

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