The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

8
Oct
2016

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.

20
Jul
2016

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.

19
Jul
2016

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 ...

9
Jun
2016

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.

25
May
2016

Liveryman Dame Fiona Woolf – my year as Lord Mayor

Dame Fiona Woolf, an Honorary Liveryman of the Turners' Company, was appointed Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2013. She opened Wizardry in Wood in 2012. In this feature article she talks about her long interest in woodturning, the Turners' Company and her hectic year as Lord Mayor.

28
Apr
2016

Marriages are made in Bond Street, by Penrose Halson

In April 1939 Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, aged 24, opened the first ever Marriage Bureau in Bond Street. Past Master Penrose Halson uncovers the fascinating true stories from the Bureau in her book, 'Marriages are made in Bond Street, published by Macmillan, and available to buy in shops and online.

26
Mar
2015

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.

26
Mar
2015

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.

26
Mar
2015

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.

26
Mar
2015

Patricia Spero, Professional Turner

I have been a woodturner for about 9 years and am now a member of the Register of Professional Turners committee. My work is purely decorative and my inspiration comes from leaves, flowers and trees. I enjoy piercing, carving, inlaying and colouring and use these techniques on most of my work.

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