Mar 4, 2013

Ray Key Award

We are very pleased to announce that the Guild President has been awarded the first ever Master in Turning Award 2012, a lifetime achievement award.

'Almost too many achievements to list' - Freeman Ray Key has been awarded the new Master in Turning award 2012.

Inspired by the work of the Livery Companies Skills Council and the Master Certificate Task Group, the Turners Company created this award.
Past Master Peter Ellis explains 'Given UK turning has no formal accredited qualifications, albeit one is being created, the Company determined the title of Master in Turning should be a lifetime achievement award for those in the craft of turning who have given many years of outstanding service to the craft, attained high levels of skill and excellence, achieved wide and possibly international recognition whilst contributing to the wider developemnt of the craft'

The citation read that Rays achievements are almost too many to list. Ray is in constant demand to demonstrate his acclaimed techniques and style in many countries and at club meetings around the United Kingdom.' He teaches every year at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and has given presentations on numerous occasions at the Association of American Woodturners International Seminars and at the Utah Seminars as well as Seminars all over the world.
He is both President and life member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain and a life member of The Association of American Woodturners - the only life member outside of the USA.

Ray received the award from Alerman Fiona Woolf CBE, during Wizardry in Wood in October 2012 and this comes with many congratulations.