The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Turners Company Golf Day

The Company golf day was held at Woodcote Park Golf Club, Coulsdon Surrey with a turnout of 16 Liverymen and guests all challenging for prizes. Many congratulations go to Past Master Peter Ellis, and guest Marilyn Luson, worthy winners of the Company trophy and guest prize.

The Bodgers Ball

The Bodgers' Ball is a fascinating event but not a Ball in any conventional sense. A three day festival of woodcraft demonstrations, courses and competitions, it is a celebration of all forms of green woodworking. Liveryman Katie Abbott had a particularly successful year and won three prizes.

Lincoln Heritage Skills Festival

For the first time ever the City of London Livery Companies and Lincoln Cathedral joined together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral. In the Turners' marquee crowds marvelled at what can be produced on the lathe.

City Livery Club’s Root and Branch Awards

The Judging Panel of the City Livery Club's “Root and Branch Award”, now in its 4th year, continues to discover exceptional Liverymen who have given of their time and talents to help others. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to our very own Master Emerita Penrose Halson.

Turners’ Award at Cockpit Arts

The Company has sponsored studio space at Cockpit Arts in Deptford for Darren Appiagyei to develop his turning skills. Darren graduated in design and is now trying to make his way as a Turner. Here Darren shows newly appointed Howe Committee Chairman, Christopher Scott some of his recent work.

City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the May 2017 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information.

Election of Sheriffs for the City of London

The Shrieval addresses from the 2 candidates, Alderman Timothy Hailes JP, and Neil Redcliffe JP, have now been received and are presented here for your information.

Liveryman Stuart King receives the Turners Company Gold Medal from the Master

Liveryman Stuart King received the Company Gold Medal at the Court Lunch on 23rd March. "Thank you, dear turners, for this recognition / It will surely elevate my egoic condition / And did I hear the ghost of Dick Whittington once more exclaim? / Turn again, turn again, turn again" Stuart King

Bursary Awards Request for Applications 2017

For 2017, The Turners’ Company is offering one or more 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. The deadline for applications is now closed. Winners will be announced soon.

The Turners Company Livery Dinner 2016

The Company welcomed the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and the Sheriffs of the City of London to their Livery Dinner held at Skinners’ Hall. The Master Turner presented the Lord Mayor with a turned laburnham vessel by one of the greatest past Turners, the late Bert Marsh.

Certificates in Turning for Orchard Workshop students

Students at Orchard Workship near Bristol recently completed their Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) course and received their Certificates in Turning from the Master of the Turners' Company Nicholas Somers.

Jack Darach, Turners’ Company QEST Scholar

Jack Darach is one of Britain’s leading young Woodwind Instrument Makers. He was awarded the QEST Turners’ Livery Company Prize for 2016. At the Turners’ Company Livery Lunch on 28th September he played a delightful instrumental solo on his own, beautifully crafted, Ganassi Recorder.

The amazing Automaton lathe

With the help of a £5,000 grant from the Turners' Company, the Science Museum has taken in hand the major restoration of a most dramatically ornate rose engine lathe from the eighteenth century. Mystery surrounds the origins of this machine, with its amazing rococo decoration.

East Herts Woodturners at Gilwell 24

One hundred and thirty scouts and leaders get hands-on experience of woodturning thanks to the East Herts Woodturners - at an action-packed Gilwell 24 weekend held in July at the home of World Scouting.

Shrieval Chain Appeals

In accordance with normal custom and practice Sheriffs, Alderman Peter Estlin and Alderman William Russell will be presented with their chains of office and Badges at a date to be decided in September. Their many friends and colleagues are invited to contribute by making a donation.

Junior and Renter Wardens’ Evening of Cards

Held at Vintner’s Hall, in partnership between the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), this was a night of 'Swedish Pursuit'. Playing two rounds of six hands with a hotly contested final, saw our Renter Warden, Andrew Neill, triumph as the overall winner.

The Turners Company Livery Dinner

The Master welcomed the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Alderman, Masters, Wardens, Clerks and honoured guests at the Company Livery Dinner, in the splendid Skinners' Hall this year.

Ray Key receives his British Empire Medal

On 4th November Ray Key, one of the premier figures in world turning, received his British Empire Medal (BEM) from The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire at the Guildhall, Worcester.

The Magical Taxi Tour 2015

On a chilly Friday morning in September the Clerk and his passengers headed to Winter Gardens, Canary Wharf, for the Big Breakfast where the magic began. Many thanks to the Charity Committee and our Clerk the taxi driver, for giving Raihannah, Tasnia and Hassina a weekend in Disneyland Paris they will never forget.

Cockpit Arts Winter News

Crisp autumn days and a change of seasons has us looking ahead to our winter events. Not to be missed is our Christmas Open Studios, while early November sees us welcoming our external selection panel, giving us the benefit of their experience in shortlisting the latest round of applicants for a place at Cockpit Arts.

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