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 including miniature bells, necklace pendants, and pens, and to create a smart new brand, the ‘Turners Collection’ to present them for sale in the St Paul’s Cathedral shop.
So back in August the Collection was launched with a limited edition of beautifully crafted bells – turned by Gabor Lacko and decorated by Patricia Spero (Gabor and Patricia). The bells are sold in a prestige box displaying the Turners’ Collection brand. The Company’s title is shown as the roundel taken from our company image but with the deliberate omission of the crest because of the difficulty in doing justice to fine detail. White lettering on a charcoal background was chosen to offer a handsome backdrop to the warm richness of turned woods. Also included is a folded insert inside the box, with information about the product, the wood and the turner of the piece.
Alongside the bells are a range of pendants and pens in turned shafts crafted by RPT member Gary Rance, using some of the smaller offcuts of the heritage wood – and also smartly boxed up in Turners Collection colours.
The display is a new way to promote the Company to the public, and to commemorate the leading role it has played in restoring the bells. The cathedral shop is open 7 days a week, and can be accessed from outside the cathedral without needing to pay the usual entrance fee – well worth a look if you are in the City.
Additionally some 60 limited edition Turners Collection bells, made by members of the Register of Professional Turners were displayed and sold at Carpenters’ Hall in November. All proceeds of the sales go to the Company’s Appeal fund.
It is hoped that other turners will be attracted to the idea of showcasing their products through the Turners Collection brand. Minimum order quantities of 30 to 50 are needed to spread the costs of box and insert printing. Further details are available through the Clerk’s office.
Assistant Nigel Luson
Chairman Communications Committee
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