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!
The society organize seminars to pass on knowlegde on the craft of ornamental turning. Nick Edwards, a past president of the society wrote an article describing the setups which were used at a seminar which he hosted. The article was originally published in the society bulletin, but an edited version is now available to read online.
This video has been produced by Mike Bain to give an introduction to the society and the varied interests of its members.
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 page.