The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Turners Award at Cockpit Arts, Apply Now!

The Turners’ Award is for an aspiring or established turner working in wood or other materials. The Award includes a year’s studio space, the use of a lathe and workbench and access to the brand-new Wood Hub in Cockpit Deptford.

Bursary Awards for 2024, Apply Now!

In 2024 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. A total of £12,000 is available.

Latest 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 September.

Royal Visit to the Turners’ Stand at the LMBCL

Proud to announce the Turners raised £1400 for the Soldiers’ Charities at the Big Curry Lunch 2024. Thank you to our woodturning community who generously donated items for sale, and to all our volunteers.

Cockpit Arts Turners Company Award Recipient, Dave Evers

Cockpit makers are selected for excellence in skill, originality of ideas, drive to grow their business or practice, and an ambition to make a contribution to the Cockpit community. Dave Evers is the latest Turners Company awardee.

Bursary for Entrepreneurial Women Woodturners

"Turning alongside 8 inspiring leading females was so refreshing, learning from each other’s cultural design interpretations and techniques, while bonding over the collective aspiration to enrich woodturning." Danielle Flowers

Woodturning Evening Course for Beginners

A course designed to answer all the questions a beginner has. ​Small friendly classes with a maximum of 4 students in a purpose built workshop, each student will have their own work station with lathe, tools, dust extraction and PPE.

Pancake Day at Guildhall

February 13th 2024 was Shrove Tuesday and the 20th Livery Pancake Race organised by the Poulters Company was due to take place. Regrettably rain prevented the races from taking place in the Guildhall yard, making the surface too slippery, however alternatives were arrived at

John Boyne-Aitken receives British Empire Medal

Freeman of the Company, John Boyne-Aitken has received a British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours for his services to heritage crafts.  This is an amazing achievement and well deserved.

Trinity College statue of Henry VIII given new sceptre to mark 75th birthday of King Charles III

A sceptre made by an international team at the 2023 Bodgers Ball to mark the coronation of King Charles III has been prominently displayed in the hand of a statue of Henry VIII at a Cambridge University college.

Geoff Hannis is our latest QEST awardee

QEST organised the funding of the training and education of 28 talented craftspeople as part of its Autumn application round, strengthening the future of the UK’s craft industry.

In the top 6 best sellers at the Red Cross Christmas Fair!

We feel very proud to have raised £3180 for the British Red Cross, thanks to the generosity and talent of our woodturners and our stall volunteers. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester showed considerable interest in the items and spent some time talking to volunteers on the stall.

Buy a Turners’ Apron

Bring out your inner Masterchef while supporting your Livery Company – with the brand new Turners’ Apron! Beautifully embroidered with the Turners’ Crest in full colour. Buy now through the members area if you want them in time for Christmas!

Choice Awards at Woodturning Connect Master’s Exhibition

Nathanael Griffiths with Nick Humphrey and Laura Chase, Curators at the V&A, who chose his fabulous 'Continuity Rings' as their Choice Award at Woodturning Connect 23.

Red Cross Guildhall Christmas Market

On Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November 2023, Guildhall will be transformed into a luxury shopping experience and the Turners will once again have a stall. Please visit us for unique items of woodturning!

Woodturning Connect 23 Prize Winners

With 1,000 visitors through the doors of Pewterers' Hall in just one evening and one open day, it was an extremely buzzing Hall!  The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and enthusiastic for the incredible work on display.  It was a difficult job for the judges, but the results were:

Woodturning Connect 2023, biennial exhibition and competitions

Call for Entries! Use our next competitions to CONNECT with a London audience and potential buyers to get your name known. They will be held at Pewterers' Hall with judging on 18th October, and a public view day on 19th October.

Winter 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. It is aimed at candidates either with some woodturning experience, or those more experienced but with no formal training.

Exciting news for the Emerging Turners Programme!

The next Emerging Turners Programme workshop to be held on the 11th-13 August 2023 at the Birstall Woodturning Club, featuring tutors Mary Ashton, Dave Dalby, Richard Findley and Emma Cook.

Joey Richardson and Binh Pho collaboration up for auction

This is a piece six years in the making. When I visited my mentor and teacher Binh Pho a few weeks before he died, he gave me this blank vessel to work on, our next collaboration.

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