The Society of Ornamental Turners

Online Gada Competition

The monkey god Hanuman with Gada club.

Gada Club

Gordon Cookson came up with the idea of making a Gada. Here is a definition:

"A Gada club is a blunt mace from the Indian subcontinent. Made either of wood or metal, it consists essentially of a spherical head mounted on a shaft, with a spike on the top. The gada is one of the traditional pieces of training equipment in Hindu physical culture, and is common in the akhara of north India. Maces of various weights and heights are used depending on the strength and skill level of the practitioner. It is believed that Lord Hanuman's gada was the largest amongst all the gadas in the world. For training purposes, one or two wooden gada (mudgar) are swung behind the back in several different ways; this is particularly useful for building grip strength and shoulder endurance. Mudgar are mentioned in the Indian treatise Arthashastra written by Kautilya dated to 4th century BC."

Your Gada or Gadas can be any size from miniature to large club or mace size. It can be decorated in any way you wish. Perhaps it would be handy to hang near the door in case of intruders!! Or a nice present for your partner/friend?? The end of 2020 is the time limit and the one judged best will be awarded a voucher.

Please send a photograph or two to the President before the end of 2020. More details are available on the Competitions webpage of the Members only website.

For Sale

The SOT arranges the sale of OT equipment by auction or advertisement. Selected advertisements are available in the public For Sale section.

OT in Action

This video gives a brief introduction to rose engine turning and to other OT techniques.

SOT Bulletin

The SOT publish the Bulletin, a high quality publication, twice a year, which is sent to all members. A sample copy is now available.

Engine Turning

The SOT republished the major work on Engine Turning by the late Martin Matthews. More information on the book can be found here.


The SOT organise seminars to pass on knowledge 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 (one of the membership benefits), but an edited version can be found here.

Aspects of OT

This video gives a brief introduction to the varied interests of SOT members.


The SOT attend various exhibitions and events throughout the UK where ornamental turning is demonstrated to the public.


The SOT organise friendly competitions for its members throughout the year with the prestigious annual competitions taking place at the AGM. Shown is the winning piece at the 2019 AGM by Jean Claude Charpignon.

Wizardry in Wood

The SOT will be attending the upcoming Wizardry in Wood exhibition by the Worshipful Company of Turners in October. Shown is the Masters Competition 2018 winning entry by Maggie Wright.


The SOT have translated and republished Volume 2 and the Plates by Bergeron. More information on the book can be found here.

Summer Outing

The SOT organise an annual summer outing to either a member's workshop or a place of interest where members and their partners can socialise.


The SOT hold four meetings a year where a demonstration or presentation is given. More details can be found here.

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