The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

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.

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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

Turning Competitions 2016 – The Results

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

News

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.

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.

Public events

Gala Concert by the London Symphony Orchestra

You are invited to attend a very special concert on Tuesday 14th March at 7pm, in the magnificent surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, raising funds for the 2017 Lord Mayor's Appeal, in aid of LSO Discovery programme, St Paul’s Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals.

Forever Trial and Error 400 years of Newgate and The Old Bailey

On 13th, 14th and 15th March, a star-studded cast drawn from the Bar, the Judiciary and the City, featuring the cases of Marshall Hall and Jeremy Hutchinson, will form this years 'Forever Trial and Error', performed in No. 1 Court, The Old Bailey.

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!

Members' events

Members only event

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet and Common Hall

The Richard Gardner Williams Banquet will be held on Friday 24th February at Skinners’ Hall. The banquet is held in memory of the Company’s benefactor, whose legacy in 1931 provided the financial support to enable the Company to build and flourish.

Members only event

Dowgate Fire Station Visit

On Thursday 30th March, the Events Committee have arranged a visit to the Dowgate Fire Station, the last remaining, fully operational fire station in the City of London. It is proposed that the visit will be followed by lunch at a suitable nearby location.

Members only event

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.

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.

Features

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.

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.

Diary

January 18, 2017
  • Court Ladies Dinner
    January 18, 2017
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Members Private Dining Room, Guildhall

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  • United Guilds Service
    March 31, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

April 26, 2017
May 17, 2017
  • Inter Livery Shoot
    May 17, 2017
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm
    at Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, Ducks Hill Road, Northwood HA6 2ST, UK

May 25, 2017
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