The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

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.

Arts and Crafts for Everybody at the Orchard Workshop

The Orchard Workshop in Bristol has recently benefited from the loan of two lathes from the Turners Company.

Turners learn to turn at the Max Carey Woodturning Trust

The Max Carey Trust was formed to provide an opportunity and facilities for people to be educated in Woodturning. Members of the Turners enjoyed a weekend learning about the Trust, watching demonstrations and having a go at turning themselves.

Gunmakers Rifleman’s Day at Bisley 2015

On a gloriously sunny day this year a team of 'Turners' enjoyed a day's sport with The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers at their annual ‘Rifleman’s’ Day’ at Bisley.

Eleanor Lakelin: Summer News

This Summer sees the opening of a new exhibition, 'Slow Turning' featuring leading contemporary artists working in wood, willow and natural fibres, and the launch of Eleanor's new online gallery at

Recognition for Company Members

We are delighted to announce that Freeman Ray Key, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), and Assistant Bill O'Leary has been awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM). Many congratulations to both.

Liveryman Joey Richardson wins QEST award

Many congratulations to Liveryman and Turner Joey Richardson, who has won this years prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award.

News of St Bride’s

Latest information in from The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, new Rector of St Brides and Chaplain to the Company, on future events from our City church.

National Trust Commission for Turners’ Cockpit Arts Winner

This summer, on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, Eleanor Lakelin will be presenting a collection of beautiful vessels crafted from a great cedar tree planted by the Duke of Wellington in 1827 which had to be felled at the National Trust property, Kingston Lacy.

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