The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

Turning success at the Red Cross

The Turners' Company had a prominent display of turned items at Guildhall as part of the Red Cross Christmas Market at the end of November.  Through the generosity of turners across the country we had a lot of stock to sell, which raised a grand total of £4,300 for the Red Cross. Read more »

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 »

Public events

Christmas at St Bride’s

"Christmas at St Bride's is not only the busiest time of the year for us, but also one of the most significant seasons of the Christian calendar. During our many services we have in store, as always, a feast of exquisite and uplifting choral music", Alison Joyce, Rector St Bride's Church Read more »

Shine 2017

The Shine 2017 selling showcase turns the spotlight on new jewellery and silversmithing talent at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. It brings together the best up and coming jewellery brands and designer makers from across the UK. The event is free, and open to the public until 20th December. Read more »

New Mills for Turnabout

This is the latest salt and pepper mill designed by Louise Hibbert, Wizardry In Wood 2016 exhibitor and competition winner. If you are travelling to the States between January and March next year, you will be able to see her work on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Brigantes Winter Gathering

The Brigantes reception and supper will be held in the 650 year old Grade 1 Listed Merchant Adventurers Hall, followed by the annual Christmas Concert in the Nave of York Minster on Friday 15th December. Also enjoy the delights of York for festive shopping and beautiful surrounding countryside. Read more »

Members only event

Musicians’ Carol Service

For the last few years the Musicians’ Company have shared their annual carol service with us which this year is held at St Michael’s Cornhill on 13th December.  The Musicians very much see this as a joint service and it would be good if as many Turners as possible could attend. Read more »

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 »

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

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 14, 2018
January 15, 2018
February 28, 2018
May 11, 2018
  • Bodgers Ball
    May 11, 2018 to May 13, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

May 16, 2018
June 3, 2018
August 10, 2018

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