The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Turning Competitions 2020 – Postponed to 2021

Message from the Master

Our wonderful ‘Wizardry in Wood’ Exhibition and Competitions, planned for October at Carpenters’ Hall in the City, will be postponed.
But we are delighted to let you know this has been re-scheduled for 12-16 October 2021 at the same venue.
It is with regret, but of no surprise, that the Company has taken this decision due to the uncertainty over the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst we hope to get back towards some semblance of normal life by October, it is by no means certain and a move to October 2021 ensures we can deliver a fantastic event to a wide audience of the City, craft and public.
Rest assured that we continue to support the craft of turning in these difficult times with various initiatives. Do check out our new Resources Hub and we will be running some special events on-line. More details in due course.
Thank you for your contribution to what would have been an extraordinary show and we push on, with confidence and excitement, for Wizardry in Wood 2021! Save the date.

Melissa Scott

Master (2020-2021)

Exhibited as part of the 2021 Wizardry in Wood Exhibition

When: 12th October to 16th October, details to follow

Where: Carpenters’ Hall, 1 Throgmorton Ave, London EC2N 2JJ (map)

Timings: Competition pieces need to be at the hall by noon on the Monday. The hall will open at 9am if you are coming in person. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am until 5.30 pm 13th to 15th October and until 4 pm on Saturday 16th October.

The Competitions will remain the same as planned for 2020.  All the information for the 2020 competitions is below.

Download WIW 2020 Flyer (pdf)

Download Turning Competitions 2020 Flyer (pdf)


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 reflects the Company’s links with music throughout history. Woodturners are asked to create works with the theme ‘music’, a wide theme to give scope.


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

The competitions are organised by the Turners’ Company in association with the:

In addition to the opportunity to win competition prizes, the Wizardry in Wood 2020 exhibition ‘View, Love, Buy’ provides a great opportunity to showcase your entries to the public and, if you wish, to sell them.

How to Enter

Rules and entry forms can be found on each competition page (links below).

There are also General Conditions of Entry that apply to all competitions. (Download a General Conditions of entry 2020 PDF)


The Worshipful Company of Turners’ Competitions

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

Competitions organised with the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

Open to members of the AWGB only.

  • AWGB Senior competition: any turned piece with no restriction as to subject, size or style.
  • AWGB Ray Key competition : for entrants under 21 at the date of the competition: any turned piece with no restriction as to subject, size or style.

Competitions organised with the Society of Ornamental Turners

Open to members of the SOT only.

  • Lady Gertrude Crawford Competition: a significant proportion of the work to be by conventional ornamental turning.  All forms of rose turning are excluded.
  • Fred Howe Competition: a significant proportion of the work to be by rose turning or a combination of both ornamental and rose turning.
  • H.E.Twentyman Competition: predominantly plain form, not necessarily of circular section, with the addition of a discrete element of ornamental using either or both conventional ornamental turning and rose turning techniques.

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

Open to members of the APTGW only.

Key Dates

Monday 5th October

  • Entry forms must be received by the Assistant Clerk of the Turners’ Company by COB on Monday 5th October.  Due to the amount of administration involved, if you submit your entry form after this date, we cannot guarantee that your piece(s) will be entered into the competitions.

Wednesday 7th October

  • Items being delivered by post or courier should arrive at the Company offices no later than 5pm on this date.
    Please refer to General Conditions of entry 2020 for details.

Monday 12th October

Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th October, Wizardry in Wood

  • 10 am – 5.30 pm Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday: exhibition of all the entries and winners of the competitions, with opportunity to buy
  • Prize giving will be held on Saturday 17th October
  • Entries which have not been sold may be collected from Carpenters’ Hall on Saturday 17th between 4pm and 5pm.

For further details, please look at the General Conditions of entry 2020


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