The Society of Ornamental Turners

The Society of Ornamental Turners was formed in 1948 with the object to encourage, develop and promote the study and practice of the art and science of Ornamental Turning. There are now around three hundred members world-wide. Quarterly meetings are held in London where members display examples of their work, share their experiences and attend lectures or demonstrations. Seminars and visits to places of interest are also arranged.

A Bulletin containing articles on all aspects of OT and news of the Society is published half-yearly in March and September. A newsletter is published half-yearly in January and July with the latest news. Competitions are held annually for ornamental turning, plain turning, making equipment, excellence of displays at meetings, contributions to the Bulletin and initiatives which have advanced the knowledge of the art and craft of ornamental turning.

Over many years a close association has been developed with the Worshipful Company of Turners and several members of the Society are Freemen or Liverymen of the Company. From time to time the Worshipful Company holds competitions which include categories open to members of the Society.

Officers of the Society

Elected at the society AGM in 2021

President Arthur Kingdon
Vice President Nicholas S. Edwards
Secretary Richard Lynch-Blosse
Treasurer Anthony R. Cliffe
Editor Ian Lane
Librarian Alan F. R. Bain
Membership Secretary Tina Leary
Competitions Maggie Wright
Stores Craig Leary
Disposals Richard Boughton
Booksales Mike Woods
Audio Visual Peter Johnson
Other Council Members Michael Windsor
Roger Malcomson

Membership Benefits

The Bulletin is published half-yearly in March and September. It contains news of the Society's activities, articles on ornamental turning and related subjects, both current and historic, including design ideas, OT techniques, the design and manufacture of equipment, the properties of materials, and the experiences of members. For more information about the Bulletin see also the Library.

In addition to the bulletin, members receive two newsletters a year

The society store supplies materials (e.g. cutter blanks) and books to members at meetings and by mail.

Sales of lathes and equipment to members only are arranged by advertisement, auction or private treaty.

Information is available to members on Compact Disk and other publications, by contact with experienced ornamental turners or through the Society's extensive library.

Applications for Membership

Membership is open to everyone aged 16 and above, a discounted Membership rate is available for students in full-time education. For further information and application forms contact the Membership Secretary by email

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