The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

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.

Tallows take the Dowgate Cup a Second Time

The Dowgate Challenge is organised by the Skinners’ Company and is an 18 hole Stableford competition held at Worplesdon Golf Club for those Livery Companies with their Hall located in Dowgate Hill. Liveryman Les Thorne was the highest scorer for the Turners' team.

Learning to turn at the Max Carey Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. Max had a lifelong passion for woodturning and when diagnosed with cancer he wished to see the workshop used for the benefit of fellow wood turners.

A Sizzling Summer Reception

At the Company Summer Reception in July, in the beautiful courtyard of Apothecaries' Hall, members enjoyed fine wine and canapés before being enthralled by Carlyn Lindsay, renowned designer and maker in wood, demonstrating her unique skills on a lathe.

Supporting woodturning for young people

As part of East Herts Club’s programme of introducing young people to woodturning, over half a dozen members of East Herts, Cambridge and Middlesex woodturners together with an Orchard Woodturner spent a very hot Friday in an empty marquee converting it to a hands-on woodturning venue. 

Golfing success at Hartley Witney

The Turners’ Golf section posted good results at the annual Ray Jeffs Cup, held at Hartley Witney Golf Course on July 26th.  This is an inter-livery competition held with the primary purpose of raising funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, London Section.

Cockpit Arts welcomes Turners’ Award winner, Rafael Santoliquido

This summer, Cockpit welcomes new makers to their creative business incubator studios. Access to their unique package of support comes via many routes and often, with the funding from Awards sponsors. The Turners' award winner for 2018 is Brazilian-born turner Rafael Santoliquido.

Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot

The annual Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot is an event where Livery Companies of the City go head to head, fielding their best guns in an enjoyable days shooting. The event has been running for over 20 years and has now become an important item in Livery calendars generating friendly rivalry.

Congratulations to Vanessa Swann MBE

Freeman Vanessa Swann, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to British Craft in London. Rightly recognised for her 15 years leading the team at Cockpit, this award has been made as acknowledgement of her outstanding service to this creative community.

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