The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Freedom from Torture online Auction raised £7,000!

The Turners' Company have teamed up with the Freedom from Torture Charity, to raise money to support torture survivors from Ukraine and other countries, as well as the new young woodturners project.

New Woodturning Certificate Course in Scotland

The Certificate in Woodturning Course is designed to provide training which develops the basic woodturning skills necessary to become competent at woodturning. This new eight day Certificate in Woodturning course will be run by Darren Crisp at Shawsburn Woodturning Studio in Scotland from January.

Eleanor Lakelin, Column Vessel I acquired by MAD

We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of Eleanor Lakelin’s beautiful Column Vessel I by the MAD Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of their permanent collection. Congratulations to Eleanor. This beautiful work can be viewed at the MAD Museum of Art and Design New York in 2023

Countryways Workshop open day

This event was to officially open the ‘Countryways’ woodworking workshop project sited on a working farm at Great Missenden. ‘Countryways’ provides a safe environment for young people with learning difficulties, and this can include woodturning.

The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris

After an absence of three years the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour returned with a bang over the weekend of 16th – 18th September 2022. Once again Alex Robertson had the honour and privilege of driving the taxi sponsored by the Company’s Charity Committee.

Turners’ Company Cockpit Arts Award winner announced

Each year the Company awards studio space and business training at Cockpit Arts in South London to aspiring turners. The 2022/23 awardee is Zoe Worton who recently graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University as an artist, designer and maker.

Proclamation of Royal Accession

The Turners Company was represented by Upper Warden Nigel Luson, Renter Warden Christopher Scott and Clerk Niall Macnaughton at the formal Proclamation of Accession of King Charles III from the steps of the Royal Exchange in the City.

Death of Her Majesty the Queen

On behalf of all our members, the Worshipful Company of Turners sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time.

Emerging Turners – Next Generation Workshop

The Turners' Company are proud sponsors of 'Emerging Turners' a fantastic initiative by the Register of Professional Turners, a free weekend workshop for the next generation of turners. This workshop is now full for registered students only.

Shrieval Chain Appeal

As the Summer approaches, preparations are well underway for the Presentation of the Chain and Badge which will be held at the newly refurbished Stationers’ Hall in late September. The Shrieval Badge has been designed by a senior member of the Goldsmiths Company.

Wonderful Summer Reception celebrating our new Master and Cockpit Awardees

A wonderful Summer Reception was had celebrating our new Master Dr Matthew Gaved and our Cockpit Arts Awardees Jason Lock, Arturo Soto, Darren Appiagyei and Mike Groves at the stunning Apothecaries' Hall.

Our retired Clerk wins the Turners’ Golf Day!

The Golf Section held the annual Turners’ Golf Day at Beaconsfield Golf Club on 29 June. A keen group of 13 liverymen and guests enjoyed a course in splendid condition and posted some excellent scores.

Deputy Master Melissa Scott shares her inspirations for her years as master 2020 – 22

By kind permission of Jay Heryet, guest editor of Woodturning Magazine, you can read here the now Deputy Master's reflections and inspirations during her time as Master Turner.

Bursary Award Winners 2022 Announced

Many congratulations to all the worthy winners of the Worshipful Company of Turners bursary award for 2022.  The scheme had been delayed a year due to the pandemic, and so it was wonderful to be back interviewing and meeting so many fantastic candidates.

Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross Gifted to the Queen

It was with great honour and pride that Joey Richardson turned and embellished the shaft for the Platinum Jubilee Processional Cross used in the Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Pauls Cathedral. Joey selected the oak, from HM The Queen's Estate Sandringham.

Livery Companies competing on the golf course

A team of 4 Turners joined teams from 45 other livery companies to compete for the prestigious Prince Arthur Cup on 19 May at Walton Heath golf club. Over 36 holes were played in a classic foursomes format, our best showing was Les Thorne and Nigel Luson coming 6th on the New Course.

Turners will be at the Becket Pageant for London

Come visit the turners stand at the Becket Pageant in Guildhall Yard on 17th and 18th June, where Amy Leake will be demonstrating the fascinating craft of pole lathe turning.  This is a free event involving a Livery Crafts Fair, open from 11 am to 4 pm.

Royal visit to the Turners stand at the Big Curry Lunch

Royal visitors were welcomed to the Turners stand at the Big Curry Lunch where £2,800 was raised for the Soldiers' Charity. The Princesses were given gifts of a honey drizzler each, turned by Colin Norgate and originally bought by the Company as part of the Turning for Good Lockdown project.

The Cockpit Turners Award 2021 Mike Groves

This Award supported by The Worshipful Company of Turners helps an aspiring or established turner, someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials, to develop their craft practice and business by providing a sponsored place at Cockpit Deptford for a year.

Bursary Awards for 2022, apply now!

In 2022 the Turners’ Company is offering Bursaries to help talented turners develop their skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. Applicants need to present a clear plan of how the award will advance their work and raise the profile of the craft.

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