The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


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 »

New Designers Exhibition

The Turners' Company were delighted to sponsor the Building Crafts College's display at the New Designers Exhibition, Islington in July. Here, recent graduate Nic James displays a turned magnetic chess board. Read more »

Bursary Award Winners

For 2017, the Turners Company offered bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented woodturners to develop their craft skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Following an exceptional standard of entries, the Company are delighted to announce the winners. Read more »

Public events

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 contemporary craft event offers you the opportunity to meet and buy directly from over 200 extraordinary designer-makers, including Turners Company Bursary Award Winner, Sally Burnett. The event is at Kew Gardens, 12 - 15 October. Read more »

Sculpt at Kew

This autumn, enjoy the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden as they provided the idyllic backdrop for this innovative new exhibition, Sculpt at Kew. From18th September to 15th October, work from over 30 renowned international artists, will be exhibited in an exciting new outdoor trail. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Company Shoot at Churchills

A Turners' Company clay shooting event has been organised and is open to all members of the Company from the complete novice to the hugely experienced. It will be held at the E. J Churchill Shooting Ground, Buckinghamshire on Saturday 9th September 2017. Read more »

Members only event

Learn to turn with the Max Carey Trust

Max Carey was a proficient woodturner for 70 years, providing encouragement and advice to would be turners. The Events Committee are pleased to announce that they have arranged another turning weekend at the Max Carey Trust turning workshop in Portishead, Bristol from 20th to 22nd October. Read more »

Members only event

Golden Hinde Private Tour

The Golden Hinde is famous for sailing the world from 1577 through 1580 under the command of Sir Francis Drake. The Events Committee has made a provisional booking for a private tour of the Golden Hinde followed by a short drinks reception on Thursday 14th September 2017. 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 3, 2017
September 8, 2017
  • The Lord Mayor's Abseil
    September 8, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB, UK

September 9, 2017
  • Company shoot at Churchills
    September 9, 2017
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at E J Churchill Group Ltd, Park Lane, Lane End, Stokenchurch, Lane End, High Wycombe HP14 3NS, UK

September 14, 2017
  • Golden Hinde
    September 14, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    at Golden Hinde II, 1, Pickfords Wharf, Clink St, London SE1 9DG, UK

September 24, 2017
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 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 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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