The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Lathe gifted to Chesham Grammar School

When Chesham Grammar School approached us to replace their unusable 1960’s lathe we were delighted to know our gift would ensure continuity for a school that leads in technology courses, specifically turning for GCSE Technology course work, and a 'learn to turn' club. Read more »

The Magical Taxi Tour 2017

You don’t expect to meet too many celebrities at 5.30 on a Friday morning in damp East London but that is exactly where I met my celebrity, Harry Maceachen. Once more, it was my privilege to drive a cab for the Hackney Carriage Drivers’ Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris. Read more »

City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the September 2017 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information. The City Briefings also listed here are aimed at introducing Liverymen and Freemen to the City of London Corporation. Read more »

Public events

The City’s Original Christmas Market

Start the festive season at the City's original Christmas market. The Guildhall market is open on Tuesday 28 November, with a special preview night on 27th. The Turners have again been asked to have a stall, all proceeds going towards the lifesaving work of the British Red Cross. Read more »

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, is a perfect opportunity to buy direct from independent makers. Cockpit Arts Turners award recipients, Darren Appiagyei, and Eleanor Lakelin will be showing works from their studios at the Deptford event from 1st to 3rd December. Read more »

Turning Against Torture

A unique auction of beautiful artworks turned out of wood from Greenwich Royal Park is set to raise funds for Freedom from Torture. The collection will be auctioned at the Trafalgar Tavern on the evening of the 17th November, with all proceeds going to support vital work with survivors of torture. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

The Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Company’s Livery Dinner will be held at Skinners' Hall on Monday 18th December. This year we again are being joined by the Lord Mayor. This is always a very popular event so please do book early to avoid disappointment. Read more »

Members only event

City Face2Face with Penrose Halson

Penrose has spent a lifetime working with and for the Livery, no wonder she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her recent fame as author of "Marriages are made in Bond Street" has only added to the glamour of her life. Come and meet Penrose on 29th November before Hollywood whisks her away! Read more »

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

The Patronal Service on 17th November, is the annual service held at St Brides Church, when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us. Lunch afterwards will be held at Apothecaries' Hall. Read more »

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. Read more »

The Master’s Letter

Andrew Neill was elected Master Turner on Ascension Day, 25th May 2017, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather Sir Thomas Neill (Master 1931), and his father Sir Brian Neill (Master 1980) currently Father of the Company. Read his Masters' Letter ... Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner magazine is an annual publication containing articles of interest to company members and the wider public alike. Copies of the current edition are available from the office, and articles from back copies can be viewed here online. Read more »

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. Read more »

View the Catalogue

"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 Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The date for the 2018 turning competitions has been confirmed.  The competitions will be held on Monday 26th November with an exhibition day on Tuesday 27th November 2018.  The competitions will be held in Carpenters’ Hall, London. Read more »

Features

Cockpit Arts Turners Award recipient Darren Appiagyei tells his story

Darren Appiagyei looks set to be the face of a new generation of woodturners. Despite graduating only last year, his beautifully hand crafted pieces caught the eye of The Worshipful Company of Turners, which has pledged to support him during his first year at Cockpit Arts. Read more »

Bog-standard excellence

Nigel Fleckney prepares ancient timber reclaimed from fens and other hardwoods for use as furniture. Northamptonshire is caricatured as the “county of spires and squires”, its Jurassic limestone yielding the optimal raw material for church steeples and stately piles that weather the centuries. Read more »

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. Read more »

Diary

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December 13, 2017
  • Musicians' Carol Service
    December 13, 2017
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    at St Michael Cornhill, St Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS, UK

December 14, 2017
December 15, 2017
  • Brigantes Winter Gathering, York
    December 15, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York, Deangate, Minster Yd, York YO1 7HH, UK

December 18, 2017
  • Livery Dinner
    December 18, 2017
    6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    at The Skinners Hall, 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, UK

January 17, 2018
  • Court Dinner
    January 17, 2018
    6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    at Apothecaries Hall, Blackfriars Lane, EC4V 6EJ

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