average age of a turner

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  1. JRutten

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    Are your results being skewed (pun intended)?

    Please don't flame me people but I think Turner23's results might be skewed. I think younger people who have been messing with computers longer are more likely to be active on this message forum. I know there are thousands of exceptions. I am just thinking of my father-in-law who is an awesome turner who I am sure has never been on a message board in his life. I am 48 by the way and he is just short of his 70th birthday.
     
  2. Walt

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    I first started turning in junior high, at age 14. Been a avid woodworker since but have been turning exclusivly ( except for "Honey Do's") since '95. I'm 50 now.
     
  3. Aaron G+11

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    Was first exposed to turning at 11, took it up seriously 9 years ago at 33.

    I believe that I am third youngest in my club. The others are 36, 32, and 13 years old. The eldest are, I believe, 84 or 83 years young. I can only hope at being that spry at the second half of my life. Median age is in the late 50s to early 60s.


    Aaron
     
  4. george morris

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    Hi I am 58 been turning for 3 years ,got into it as something to do after retirement. Been a carpenter all my life woodturning is a lot more fun! George
     
  5. helang

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    I took up woodworking as a hobby at age 8. Bought first lathe at about 12. Upgraded to Dunlap wood lathe in 1947. Made sister a doll's high chair, ash tray stands, lamps, humidors, doll houses, and than many many laundry carts. Demand for laundry carts by newly wed vets wives soured a teenager on woodworking (it did pay for the first year of college). Sixteen years later workshop was running again. 39 years later my wife said no more furniture. So I sold my Delta with the Reeves drive and bought a Powermatic 3520A. I'll be 77 next month, so for (69 minus 16) 53 years I've been making chips and dust. I'm self taught, when there were no bowl gouges, so I am trying to learn how to use modern tools and break old habits.

    Three of us started a wood turning club in Wilmington in 2004. There are about 60 members now, I would guess that at least half are over 65.

    Howard Lang
     
  6. Wally Dickerman

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    I'm no doubt the oldest and longest turning. I'm 87. I acquired my first lathe as a teenager in 1936, over 70 years ago. I didn't do any turning in the 40's...WW2 and a few other things got in the way. I bought my second lathe in the middle 50's and have been turning ever since. I recently bought lathe number 9, probably my last. It's a Oneway.

    I've been teaching turning for about 25 years. I no longer teach classes, just one on one in my shop.
     
  7. Frank Kobilsek

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    48, I blew up my knee trying to Snow Ski on New Years Day 2000. I needed a cane to walk for about 6 months. So I carved myself a cane. That led to a run of maybe 20 canes over the next two years. I came to the point where I wanted to make the staffs fancy than Dad and I could turn on his Shopsmith so I bought a Jet mini with an extension. That was Thankgiving 2002. I haven't made too many canes since. So 6 years turning come Thanksgiving this year. Woodturning - What a great thing to be thankful for!

    Frank
     
  8. Barbara Gill

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    That is a good point.
     
  9. Ed Heuslein

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    Well, let's see. Started turning in 1952 in HS. Loved cedar. Got a catch on a cedar knot and cut off the end of my finger. End of turning! In 1995 I attended a Woodworking Show in Portland, OR. Saw 3 old guys (that's very relative these days) turning on old Shopsmiths. I had one like theirs at home so went home and set it up as a lathe. Since then I've had two Jet minis, one of which I still have. Next came a Nova 3000, which I still have. Then I got my Powermatic 3520a and have no desire for anything else. I had a short hiatus of about 2 years while moving to East Texas in 1997. Since then I've joined 3 clubs and spend just about every day I'm home in the shop. So, 68 years old (in Nov.) and about 11 years of actually turning. Oh yeah, I started bass fishing about the same time. Anyone want to buy a bass boat? ;>}
     
  10. charlie knighton

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    i was lucky Ed, i only have a 12 alum v-hull, i use it now to cover some cedar and black walnut logs, works great as a tent!!!!!!! :D
     
  11. robert davis

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    i am 83 been turning for twelve years..had a woodworking shop since 1949. finally discovered woodturning..not much else since. still make to the basement for a couple of hours most days.
     
  12. James E Gaydos

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    I'm 57 years young and have been turning for about 22 years, the last 14 years as a fulltime production turner in a custom cabinet shop. About 8 years ago we started to use a HAPFO AP 7000 CNC lathe to do more ornate work, a lot of flutes and reeds, and some twists. I program and run the CNC lathe. And I have been involved in the designing of new turnings.
    I still get to do a lot of hand turning in my work, whenever I chose to.
    I have a total of 40+ years in woodworking, and turning has been a natural part of my progression as a woodworker, and has been the most fun.:cool2:
     
  13. Larry Bourdeau

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    The Novice

    I have been a woodworker for 50 years. Started turning as a result of going to a East Texas Woodturners show. So at 65 years old I am a novice turner. My neighbor who is 73 also just started turning this year as a result of the same show. Sure am enjoying the change.
     
  14. turner23

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    Likely Skewed

    I agree that the stats are likely a bit skewed due to age and familiarity with technology. Of the 49 postings to date, the average turner's age comes to 54.86 years old, with the youngest being 24 and the oldest 87. The average number of years experience is 12.61, ranging from less than 1 year to over 70 years . I suspect the true average age is higher, and likely the same with experience; more or less what I expected when I began the post.

    Thanks to all for their responses!

    Nick
     

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  15. Carole Valentine

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    I'm 59 and have been turning 3 years and 8 months.
     
  16. Chuck Jones

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    68 and turning for 1 year and I love it. I'm definitely a novice.

    My vocation was computer software (and corporate management), but I have used woodworking as an outlet most of my life. Just never got around to turning until last year.

    I'm teaching a grandson (13) and granddaughter (11) ever chance we have. They love it and I have no doubt they will be teaching me before long.
     
  17. stacie

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    I would be interested in a comparison of age, sex and experience. Just to see if the demographics of age and experience are different between females vs. males.

    I am 33 and I am pretty sure I am the youngest female turner in either of the clubs I am involved in and one of the few females that is not related or married to another wood turner.

    People asked me how I got involved in woodturning and I took a pen turning class at my graduate university's craft center (which has now been closed due to budget cuts). I have turned off and on since then which was about 7 years ago. I had a 3 year break from turning due to not having a place where I could have a lathe. Been back to turning for about 2 1/2 years.
     
  18. AnnHerbst

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    woman, 57, 7 years

    I first turned a candle holder as a 13 year old in a Sunday school summer craft class. That was as close as I got to woodworking classes in the days LONG before title 9, etc. I must of been infected with the bug, because I bought an old dunlop lathe and 6 woodcraft turning tools about 25 years ago. But I did not get it up and working until after I took a pen turning classin 2001, realized the old lathe did NOT have a morse taper, bought a small jet and learned to turn for real.

    I am related to the 2 nephews, 3 nieces and one brother in law I have introduced to turning over the past 4 years. I took a nephew and niece to the Portland AAW bash, where the nephew won one of the turning packages. He has been turning for 4 summers at my house. I intoduced his father a few weeks ago so they could take the lathe home and play together. The BIL's grandfather did some nice turning in the 50 - 70's.

    I like to do spindles better than bowls so far.
     
  19. Matt Rabe

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    38, been turning for 2 years. Bought it for a toy, and now it's an addiction. We have one person in our club that is 90 and has been turning since he was 10, and still turns on a regular basis now.
     
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  20. turner23

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    Nice to see a few more female turners...

    I didn't consider comparing sex, might prove interesting. Unfortunately, many of the posts in this thread do not specify gender. I would suspect, however, that while the average age of female turners is probably close to that of male turners, the average experience is likely less?
     
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