25 years of Turners Retreat


Turners Retreat – your number one choice for timber, tools and accessories – since 1999


In store, customers can find a wide variety of state-of-the-art lathes and machinery in addition to many tools and accessories

Established in May 1999, Turners Retreat has become one of the UK’s leading woodturning retail outlets. Serving as the retail arm of Robert Sorby Ltd, Turners Retreat has grown over the past 25 years, committed to providing a quality customer service and experience to craftspeople across the country. The company aims to create a sense of family and community for its customers, fostering friendly and long-lasting relationships.



At its inception, Turners Retreat set out to emulate Craft Supplies, the UK’s top woodturning retailer. Drawing inspiration from this industry leader, Turners Retreat has strived to reach the same level of excellence and establish itself as a reputable source for all woodturning needs.

Independent expansion

Turners Retreat has witnessed significant growth and developments over the years. Initially, the business primarily relied on in-store and telephone orders, with occasional consumer show attendance alongside Robert Sorby Ltd. However, the advent of online ordering provided Turners Retreat with a new revenue stream through the internet. The success of online sales prompted the company to invest in developing its web presence, which now significantly contributes to overall turnover.

Turners Retreat recognised the evolving market and proactively expanded its services to meet the needs of woodturning enthusiasts. One significant initiative they’ve undertaken is the introduction of woodworking courses.


Try the art of pyrography at a consumer event or course at Turners Retreat

These have become highly sought after, with bookings consistently being made months in advance. Woodworking enthusiasts from across the country – and even from international locations – travel to Harworth, Nottinghamshire to learn from renowned professionals in the field.

Mick Hanbury – a woodturning master – and Kez Halliday – a pyrography artist – conduct these courses instore. The opportunity to learn from such experienced professionals has made Turners Retreat a go-to destination for individuals looking to acquire new woodworking skills or enhance their existing knowledge. The courses offered provide customers with valuable educational experiences, enabling them to fully explore and optimise their creative hobby.


The extensive wood store promises a wood species suitable for every type of creative project

Turners Retreat takes great pride in offering these educational opportunities and strives to ensure that customers make the most of the woodworking courses provided. The dedication and determination of the Turners Retreat team to establish themselves as a significant player in the UK woodturning market have proven to be highly successful.

In March 2013, the company solidified its position by acquiring Craft Supplies. Since then, Turners Retreat has continued to grow alongside its loyal customers, who’ve played a vital role in its achievements.

Diverse product range

Turners Retreat – a proud supporter of woodturners and craftspeople – is committed to providing a diverse product range, reliable advice, excellent service and building strong and trustworthy relationships with customers. Whether you’re a professional woodturner or hobbyist, Turners Retreat has everything you need to fuel your passion for woodturning and woodworking.


There’s an extensive range of tools from Robert Sorby

As stockists of renowned brands like NOVA and Record Power, Turners Retreat offers state-of-the-art lathes, drill presses, bandsaws and other machinery. One particular highlight of shopping at Turners Retreat is browsing ‘The Wall’, which proudly displays an extensive range of Robert Sorby tools. Whether looking for gouges, chisels or skews, you’re sure to find the perfect tool to suit your needs.

The timber room is also an impressive feature – with a vast selection of wood species, from ash to walnut, and purpleheart to sycamore, there’s something for every project. Turners Retreat provides woodturners with endless possibilities for creating exquisite pieces, and pyrographers will also find a wide variety of blanks and accessories.


Courses take place on the store’s mezzanine level, which features the latest machinery

Their popularity in the pen turning community stems from the huge variety of pen kits, blanks and project kits stocked. Whether you’re creating handcrafted gifts for loved ones or preparing items to sell at craft fairs, Turners Retreat has all the materials required to make stunning pens that’ll leave a lasting impression.


Professional tutor, Mick Hanbury, leads a woodturning course suitable for all abilities

Supporting makers & small businesses

Rated an ‘Excellent’ 5-stars on Trustpilot, Turners Retreat’s support for woodturners and craftspeople is evident. They’re not just a woodturning supplier, but a committed partner in helping customers achieve the best results in their woodworking projects.

In addition, customers have the convenience of exploring the entire product range online and making purchases with just a click of a button, or, for those preferring a hands-on approach, visit the store in person and wander through the various aisles at your own pace, requesting assistance from the friendly team when necessary.

25th Anniversary Open Event

This continued growth has given the Turners Retreat team the opportunity to celebrate 25 years with its customers in 2024, and a special open event is due to be held in June. For further information, visit the Turners Retreat website or sign up to the mailing list: www.turners-retreat.co.uk/mailing-list.


Rows and rows of woodworking delights


Turners Retreat is created by Alan Morris Ltd

May 1999
Robert Sorby Ltd take over Turners Retreat, which, at the time, was based at Brunel Close in Harworth

October 2009
Turners Retreat moves to a new building, only 200 yards away from its previous location, on Faraday Close, Harworth, Doncaster, which is where it remains to this day

February 2013
Turners Retreat acquires Craft Supplies

April 2019
New mezzanine floor built in store, which has resulted in a dedicated area for the various woodworking courses

June 2024
25th Anniversary Open Event


A pen turner's paradise


Taking place at the Turners Retreat store, courses are limited to a maximum of three students; this ensures that each student has plenty of personal space and receives the maximum help and assistance necessary.

Try something new or develop your existing craft skills. Or, if you’re feeling generous, treat someone special to a creative and enjoyable learning experience!

Specialist one-to-one woodturning1 day

Woodturning2 days

Pen turning 1 day

Surface enhancement1 day

Colouring on woodturning1 day

Airbrushing1 day

Pyrography1 day

Sharpeninghalf day

Bandsaw maintenancehalf day

For dates, prices and course availability, see www.turners-retreat.co.uk/courses

Turners Retreat
Unit 2 Faraday Close, Harworth
Doncaster, Nottinghamshire
DN11 8RU
01302 744 344