The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


A Sizzling Summer Reception

At the Company Summer Reception in July, in the beautiful courtyard of Apothecaries' Hall, members enjoyed fine wine and canapés before being enthralled by Carlyn Lindsay, renowned designer and maker in wood, demonstrating her unique skills on a lathe. Read more »

Supporting woodturning for young people

As part of East Herts Club’s programme of introducing young people to woodturning, over half a dozen members of East Herts, Cambridge and Middlesex woodturners together with an Orchard Woodturner spent a very hot Friday in an empty marquee converting it to a hands-on woodturning venue.  Read more »

Golfing success at Hartley Witney

The Turners’ Golf section posted good results at the annual Ray Jeffs Cup, held at Hartley Witney Golf Course on July 26th.  This is an inter-livery competition held with the primary purpose of raising funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, London Section. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

View, Love, Buy 2018

An outstanding show of art and craftsmanship for one day only on Tuesday 27 November; at Carpenters Hall, City of London. Many works will be for sale - to collect, display and give as presents. Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced its 2018 Competitions. Judging takes place on Monday 26 November. All entries and winners will be displayed - and many will be for sale - at the free 'View Love, Buy' show at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London the next day (Tuesday 27 November). Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2016

Held every 4 years, showcasing beautiful original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary craftsmen, Wizardry in Wood 2016 also featured the world-class Daniel Collection, the winners and entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Read more »

Public events

Darren Appiagyei to Showcase at The Forge

Over London Design Festival Darren Appiagyei, Cockpit Arts Turners Award Recipient and one of a new generation of wood turners, will be showcasing a range of his work at Craft Central. There will be a special preview night on 15th September, then the exhibition will run daily from 16th to 23rd. Read more »

Handmade in Britain, Business Development Workshop

Handmade in Britain provides outstanding workshops addressing all aspects of a designer-maker’s career. The next workshop will take place on Thursday 27th September at Lift, London N1, where you will be able to find out how to market and sell your products in the most effective way. Read more »

Eleanor Lakelin selected for Homo Faber, Venice

Turners' Cockpit Arts Award winner, Eleanor Lakelin has been selected by The Michelangelo Foundation for Homo Faber in Venice. This is an inspiring exhibition of rare craftsmanship, encounter master artisans and discover their multifaceted know-how through live demonstrations and virtual technology. Read more »

Members' events

Winner of the Masters Competition, Maggie Wright

Members only event

Turning Competitions Private View & Reception

The Company launches it’s 2018 competitions and would like to invite members to a private view and reception on the evening of Monday 26th November, before the exhibition opens to the public the following day. Many items will be for sale along with some limited edition turned bells. Read more »

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

St Bride's Church is a magical space in which the beauty of its architecture, the power of the liturgy and the weight of history all meet and enrich each other. The annual service will be held here on Thursday 15th November, to remember and celebrate the lives of Company members no longer with us. Read more »

Members only event

Learn to turn with the Max Carey Trust

For all those Turners with a big “T” who would like to try their hand at turning or to those of you that would like to improve your turning skills, the Events Committee are very pleased to announce that they have arranged another turning weekend at the Max Carey Trust 12th to 14th October. Read more »


The Turners’ Consort

The Turners’ Company charity has commissioned a ‘consort’ of eight turned medieval-style recorders. Made by Tim Cranmore, one of the UK’s leading instrument makers, the Turners' Consort will be loaned to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for teaching and student performances. Read more »

History of church bells

Bells are amongst the smallest, largest and loudest of musical instruments. First cast over 5,000 years ago, bells become common in the medieval monasteries of Europe. In the City of London, the Turners’ Company is closely linked to the bells of St Paul’s Cathedral, Bow Church and St Lawrence Jewry. Read more »

Ghenadi Vasiliev – 2017 Bursary Winner

Ghenadi Vasiliev was awarded a Turners' Company Bursary in 2017. This enabled him to study with four of the world's leading woodturners: Rod Page and Mark Sanger in the UK; and Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe in the USA. Ghenadi describes his experience in this report. Read more »

About the 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

David Batchelor was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 10th 2018. He is the 349th person to be Master and possibly the first Man of Kent under our Charter of 1604. "I think shock and awe are the best ways to express my feelings". Read his letter here. Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner is the annual magazine of the Turners' Company. Subjects include the Company and its members, the craft of turning, educational and charitable activities and the City of London. The July 2018 and earlier editions (2014-2017) are hosted on Issuu for easy on-line viewing. Read more »


September 26, 2018
September 27, 2018
September 30, 2018
October 1, 2018
October 2, 2018
  • Goldsmiths Fair
    October 2, 2018 to October 7, 2018
    11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2V, UK

  • Livery Luncheon
    October 2, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

October 3, 2018
  • Ravenscroft Lecture
    October 3, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    at Bridewell Centre Limited, 14 Bride Ln, London EC4Y 8EQ, UK

October 4, 2018
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 4, 2018 to October 7, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Kew, Richmond TW9, UK

October 5, 2018
October 11, 2018
October 12, 2018
  • Max Carey Turning Weekend
    October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

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