The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Sally Burnett becomes a CAA member

Many congratulations to Sally Burnett, who has recently been invited to join Contemporary Applied Arts and was featured in their latest exhibition of new members. To become a CAA member, makers must demonstrate excellent knowledge of their material and exceptional skill in making. Read more »

City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the July 2017 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information. Read more »

2 Seconds in Shooting!

The annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot has now been running for 20 years and has become an important event in the Livery Calendar. The star of Turners’ Team was without doubt, Freeman Shaun Stacy who, in difficult conditions shot a magnificent 75 out of 80 clays to take 2nd place. Read more »

Public events

Exhibitions Featuring Liveryman Ray Key BEM

Ray's work embraces minimalism; 'my quest is to produce objects of beauty and elegant simplicity'. His work has been selected for display at 'Enriched' the Gallery at the Guild until 4 October, and 'Worcestershire Guild of Contemporary Crafts', at the Gordon Russell Design Museum until 17 September. Read more »

Turning against Torture

This year, in November, there will be an exhibition and auction of woodturnings made exclusively from Greenwich park timber. 14 professional Woodturners from up and down the country have generously agreed to turn a piece, at no cost, for the Freedom from Torture Charity. Read more »

Handmade at Kew 2017

This four day international craft event offers you the chance to meet and buy directly from over 200 extraordinary designer-makers, including Richard Shock RPT who is launching his new line of veneered rim bowls (featured). The event is at Kew Gardens, 12 - 15 October. Read more »

Members' events

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

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square

Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques. It takes place from 15-20 September, and Deputy Master Nicholas Somers has arranged for Turners to receive complimentary tickets to the Fair. Read more »

Members only event

Turners Company Livery Luncheon

The Master and Wardens would like to invite Company Liverymen to the annual Company Livery Luncheon, to be held in Apothecaries' Hall on Tuesday 3 October 2017. This is an informal lunch for Liverymen and their guests and an ideal time to introduce potential new members to the Company. 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

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 2016 – The Results

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


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 »


September 26, 2017
  • Dowgate fire station
    September 26, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    at Dowgate Fire Station, 94-95 Upper Thames St, London EC4R 3UE, UK

September 27, 2017
September 29, 2017
October 3, 2017
  • Court and Livery Lunch
    October 3, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm
    at Apothecaries' Hall, Blackfriars lane, London EC4V 6EJ

October 5, 2017
October 10, 2017
October 12, 2017
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 12, 2017 to October 15, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, UK

October 13, 2017
October 17, 2017
October 20, 2017
  • Company Turning weekend
    October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

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