SOT Bulletin

The society publish a high quality Bulletin in full colour twice a year which is posted to members. A sample copy of bulletin 136 is available to download.

Example Bulletin Article

An example article from the Bulletin (reformatted for webbrowsers) is available to read online to give non-members an idea of the content. This article, led to Nick Edwards receiving the Anthony prize for an article in the bulletin at the 2014 AGM.

Articles in various bulletins

There is a full index to Bulletins 1 to 97 on the SOT CDROM 1-97 and for Bulletins 98 to 109 on SOT CDROM 99-109.

For quick reference the contents pages from various bulletins are available from the links below [98], [99], [100], [101], [102], [103], [104], [105] , [106], [107], [108], [109], [110], [111], [112], [113], [114], [115], [116], [117], [118], [119], [120], [121], [122] and [123].

The Bulletin – CDROM

The bulletins contain articles on many aspects of the craft, including the description of recent developments in OT techniques, the adaptation of modern machinery, inventions of new apparatus, instructions for making special accessories for the lathe, hundreds of inspirational pictures of ornamentally turned objects and a wide variety of uncommon information on all matters pertaining to OT.

Printed copies of the early bulletins are quite scarce and there are very few complete sets still in existence. So this knowledge was beyond the reach of many who could benefit from it; that is, until 1998 when the first 98 issues of the bulletin were re-published in the form of a Compact Disc. In the same year a CD was made of high quality copies of the photographs from the first 60 Bulletins.

The bulletin CDROMS have an index which has the additional feature that you can click any entry to jump immediately to that selection. You can use full-text search capability in a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat to search for any word or phrase appearing anywhere in the entire bulletin set. You can also print any page or group of pages if you prefer not to read long sections from your computer screen.


The Bulletins published from 1948 to 1998 (numbered 1–98) are available on this CDROM. On it you will find PDF versions of every page of every bulletin from number 1 to number 98.

In addition the disc contains copies of three other rare and important treatises on ornamental turning:-

  • The Rose Engine Lathe, by Norman Tweddle
  • Bibliography of the Art of Turning & Lathe & Machine Tool History, by Abell, Leggatt & Ogden
  • The Art and Craft of Ornamental Turning, by Rev. Grace

The disc also contains an index to Bulletins 1–97 (the index does not include the late addition of number 98)

The CDROM is available for £40 plus postage & packing to members only directly from the Society of Ornamental Turners in England. NON MEMBERS who wish to purchase a copy may wish to consider joining the Society

SOT CD of Photos from Bulls 1-60

This CDROM contains high quality copies of all of the known photographs from the first 60 Bulletins. The images, 200 in total, are supplied as high resolution Windows Bit Map format and, at slightly lower resolution, via a your own Browser from a listing.

This CDROM is available for £7 plus postage & packing to members only

SOT CD bulls 99-109 SOT CD  Bulls 110-124

These CDs contain the volumes in question as PDF files which are fully searchable. Both these CDROMs are available for £20 plus postage & packing to members only