The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Lathe Programme

The Charity owns more than forty lathes, which are placed throughout the country, usually in schools or other training establishments as well as in community projects. The Charity retains ownership of the lathes, which are placed with the recipients under conditional gift agreements.

We have recently installed lathes at Amersham School and Countryways – a community-based charity in north Buckinghamshire, which works to improve the mental health of its clients. The Somerdale Shed, Keynsham, Bristol, a similar operation to Countryways.

Other turning centres which receive funding from the Charity on a regular basis include:

The Max Carey Woodturning Trust, equipped with 22 lathes, provides woodturning courses and training in Portishead, near Bristol.
London Greenwood, now located at Hackney City Farm, a mile north of the City of London.


Donations of lathes to the Charity

In recent months, the Charity was also fortunate to receive donations of two lathes: one from the family of the late Professor Jonathan Brostoff, a turner of North London; the other from Master Emeritus Gordon Sloan. The first of these was placed with Cockpit Arts. The second was placed on loan with Mike Groves, in 2020 a recipient of the Turners’ Company
Cockpit Arts Award.


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