The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Clayshooting win for charity

The Inter Livery Clay Shooting Competition took place at Holland & Holland over two days. Prior to commencing the day the organisers announced that they had introduced a new prize called ‘The Glorious 12th’ and to everyone’s delight and surprise, the Turners' team won this prestigious prize.

How Miriam Jones spent her bursary award

Bursary award winner Miriam Jones recently used some of her award to spend a couple of days with professional turner Les Symonds.

Woodturning support for the Scouts

The Master, Andrew Sindall recently enjoyed a day at Camjam 19, where young people were given the chance to learn to turn on a lathe. Camjam is an activity camp for scouts and guides, and thanks to the AWGB and local woodturning clubs, around 250 children at the camp tried their hand at woodturning.

Liveryman Peter Godding wins at Beaconsfield

An excellent Golf Day was enjoyed by members and guests at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Tuesday 9th July. The weather held fair, the course was in great condition, and catering very good indeed.

Ray Key Collaboration book for sale and Auction now live

The book catalogues the collaboration project of part turned pieces from the late Ray Key's workshop which were sent to turners around the world to finish in their own style. The auction to purchase items is now live.

2019 Cockpit Arts Award winner announced

Many congratulations to Arturo Soto, the 2019 / 20 winner of the Turners' Cockpit Arts award. Arturo will take up residence shortly, and will have access to turning equipment as well as benefiting from on-site mentoring from Cockpit staff. He turns with only waste and reclaimed materials.

Welcome to our new Master

A very successful Election Court and Dinner was held on May 30th 2019 in Apothecaries' Hall.  It saw the appointment of Andrew Sindall elected as Master Turner; Melissa Scott, Upper Warden; Matthew Gaved, Renter Warden; David Batchelor became Deputy Master; and Nigel Luson, Master's Steward

Bursary Award Winners Announced

Many congratulations to all the winners of the Worshipful Company of Turners bursary award for 2019.  This year, the Company received an unprecedented amount of entries, and competition was very strong.  The panel therefore had some difficult decisions to make.

Cockpit Arts award winner Rafael Santoliquido exhibits in Brazil

Rafael Santoliquido was recently invited to participate at the Suspiro (Gasp) exhibition at the Brazilian Gallery, Marcelo Auge in São Paulo. Supported by the Turners and Cockpit Arts, Rafael Santoliquido was the only international Brazilian artist invited to exhibit.

Turners spring to pastures new

Members and their guests enjoyed a fabulous night at Grocers' Hall for their spring dinner.  This was the first time the Company had held a dinner at Grocers' Hall, and it provided a splendid venue.

He flies through the air with the greatest of ease!

The Master, David Batchelor, and The Clerk, Alex Robertson would like to thank all who helped them raise in excess of £2,500 in aid of youth training in the craft of woodturning. Here is a report of their skydive...

The Master and Clerk are jumping for Youth Training

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Master Turner, David Batchelor, has decided to celebrate the near completion of his year in office by throwing himself out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft at 13,500 feet. The Clerk, Alex Robertson, will join him on the major 'down!'

Fundraising Success at the Big Curry Lunch

A team led by Paster Master Nic Somers established a new record for the Turners contribution to the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch held at the Guildhall on 4th April. Grateful thanks go also to Gary Rance and Reg Hawthorne who turned the gift for HRH Prince Harry.

Woodturning and Tea at The Dutch Church

On Monday 1st April, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Lesley Batchelor welcomed 50 guests, all consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at the Dutch Church in London. Liveryman Les Thorne gave an entertaining and informative presentation and demonstration.

Eleanor Lakelin awarded a QEST Turners’ Company Scholarship

I was delighted to be awarded a QEST Scholarship in Autumn 2018 which has been possible with the support of the Worshipful Company of Turners and I am very proud to be known as a Turners’ Company Scholar. I applied for a grant in order to develop my understanding of working at a larger scale.

The Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin and the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny and The Honorable Liz Green, to their Livery Dinner held for the first time in the stunning Saddlers' Hall in the City of London.

Bursary Award Winner Danielle Flowers visits Ecole Escoulen

Using funding from her bursary award, Danielle travelled to France to Ecole Escoulen to improve her turning skills. "I can honestly say that my experience at Ecole Escoluen Tournage sur bois has been one of the most memorable and challenging ones of my woodturning career so far."

The Turners Collection launched at St Pauls

Part of the Turners’ St Paul’s Bells Appeal involved inviting professional turners to create commemorative turned pieces from the old headstock wood that held the bells in place for 140 years and which had to be replaced.  It was decided to commission just a limited range of products.

Turning Competitions Winning Entries

The 2018 turning competitions were a huge success with over 1,000 visitors passing through the doors of Carpenters' Hall.  We were delighted to receive a substantial increase in the number of entries with over 200 items on display across the 12 categories.

Young People The Future of Woodturning

Concerned about the lack numbers of young people in Woodturning, the East Herts Club is taking steps to try to address this. In October, the East Herts club started a junior section for 13-18 year olds, on a different evening to the main club meeting.

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