The Worshipful Company of Turners

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The Worshipful Company of Turners holds its turning competitions every two years. They attract entries from turners of all ages and skill.

There should be a competition for you, whatever your interest or proficiency.

For example, this year’s Master’s Open Competition marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Woodturners are asked to create works which reflect their personal style, techniques and response to the 1918 Armistice and the 100th anniversary on 11 November.

This year’s competitions will be judged on Monday 26th November. Other key dates are below.

This page provides a summary of the twelve competitions. Linked pages provide more detail and entry forms.

The competitions are organised by the Turners’ Company (6) and the:

In addition to the opportunity to win competition prizes, the next day’s View, Love, Buy provides a great opportunity to showcase your entries to the public and, if you wish, to sell them.

Rules and entry forms can be downloaded as PDF documents from each competition page.

There is also a page and a PDF download for the General Conditions of Entry that apply to all competitions.

The competitions are listed below. Click on the link to go to the specific competition page.

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The Worshipful Company of Turners’ competitions

These competitions are open to all turners normally resident in the United Kingdom (except for the Bert Marsh competitions)

Competitions organised with the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

Open to members of the AWGB only.

Competitions organised with the Society of Ornamental Turners

Open to members of the SOT only.

Competition organised with the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Greenwood Workers

Open to members of the APTGW only.

Key Dates

Entry forms must be received by the Clerk of the Turners’ Company by COB on Wednesday 14 November.

Monday 26 November

  • All entries must be at Carpenters’ Hall by Noon
  • Judging starts at 4pm

Tuesday 27 November

  • 10am – 4pm: the free 2018 View, Love, Buy show of all the entries and winers of the competitions
  • 4pm: Prize Giving for competition entries
  • 4pm – 6pm: entries which have not been sold may be collected from Carpenters’ Hall

‘View, Love, Buy’ show

At the View, Love, Buy show on Tuesday 27 November, all the competition entries and winners will be on show along with a curated display of works by members of the:

Many of these works will also be for sale during the one day that View, Love, Buy is open.

More 2018 information and downloads

> Competitions documents page – providing all documents in one location

> A5 Leaflet (Download)

> Book your free tickets to View, Love, Buy on Tuesday 27 November (Eventbrite)

> Detailed information about tickets and entry times

> More about Carpenters’ Hall, including location, travel and access

Carpenter’s Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2JJ

Looking back at the … 2016 & 2014 Competitions

2016 Competitions

The theme of the Master’s Open Competition in 2016 commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

2014 Competitions

The theme of the Master’s Open Competition in 2014 was ‘The Square Mile’s energy to transform lives‘ in honour of Honorary Liveryman Dame Alderman Fiona Woolf being elected Lord Mayor of the City of London.

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