The Society of Ornamental Turners exists to encourage, develop and
promote the study and practice of the art of ornamental turning.
This encompasses a wide variety of types of work including traditional
English ornamental turning as exemplified in volume V of Holzapffel,
Rose engine turning, Geometric Chuck work and Engine turning.
This work may be carried out using historic machinery such as
machines produced by makers such as Holtzapffel, Evans or Birch which
has been carefully restored to working order.
Modern approaches may be taken instead, either using equipment
constructued painstakingly as accurate replicas of the historical
equipment, or alternatively constructed in modern styles, or even
improvised from scrap!
This video has been produced by Mike Bain to give an introduction
to the society and the varied interests of its members.
Meetings for 2015
Please note that the provisional date for the 2015 AGM has been changed and the meting will be
held on the 14th November 2015. Full details of the meetings for 2015 are now available
and can be found on the meetings
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Turners cannot be held legally responsible for any errors in these pages or for any loss arising from
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