The SOT organise a number of competitions throughout the year open to all members. At the first three meetings of the year, these are informal competitions to encourage members to show their work. A small prize is awarded for the winning entry and for the runners up. At the AGM in November, the competitions are more prestigious and a small monetary prize may be awarded in addition to the award cups.
Members are also encouraged to enter the biennial competitions for OT organised by the Worshipful Company of Turners.
The Masters Ornamental Turning Competition 2018 winning entry by Maggie Wright.
The Wizardry in Wood OT competitions open to members of the SOT are:
A significant proportion of the work to be by conventional ornamental turning. All forms of rose turning are excluded.
A significant proportion of the work to be by rose turning or a combination of both ornamental and rose turning.
A 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.
The Wizardry in Wood OT competition open to everyone is:
A decorated Tazza in any style and of any size.
The Jowett Medal winning piece at the 2019 AGM by Jean Claude Charpignon.
The prestigious annual competitions taking place at the AGM are:
For ornamental turning of exceptional quality, excluding rose-turning of any kind and preference will be given for designs in the conventional or traditional style.
For an ornamentally turned piece of exceptional quality with a substantial proportion of the ornamentation executed by rose-turning
For ornamental turning on user-made or adapted equipment; each entry must be supported by a pictorial record of the project.
For ornamental turning by members of up to 5 years standing.
For ornamental turning apparatus designed and made by the member.
For a turned object made entirely with hand-held tools.
For the most interesting items displayed during the year.
For the most outstanding service to the Society or, the most outstanding contribution towards the object of the Society.
For the most popular article published in each Bulletin.
For engine turning of exceptional quality.