average age of a turner

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  1. OK - another data point......

    ........ I really enjoy it.... .......maybe even better than turning.....;)

    Rob
     
  2. Dave Bowers

    Dave Bowers

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    I'm 38 now and was first introduced/started turning around 1997/1998.
     
  3. Chip Sutherland

    Chip Sutherland

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    46 now. Started turning 3 years ago. Flatwork about 15 yrs ago then I saw the light.
     
  4. Chuck Beland

    Chuck Beland

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    I'm 50 & been turning for about 2-1/2 yrs now. A friend who is a master plumber, came to my house to help with a plumbing project told me to come to his house to try his lathe. I went & made LOML a pen & been doing it ever since.

    Chuck
     
  5. Wyatt Holm

    Wyatt Holm

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    Im younger then you all

    I am 17(not 70) been turning for three years now. Just getting into production bowl turning.
    Wyatt:
     
  6. loberg

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    How Old

    I am 59. I have been turning seriously for about 2 years. I have "made" things on a Shopsmith over 10 years ago. In my shop I have a 50 yo, a 10 yo, and a 47 yo using my lathe.
     
  7. Malcolm Smith

    Malcolm Smith

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    I'm 73 years old. I first turned back around 1950. For many years, working for a living, I didn't do any turning. What we had to work with back then was very different from today.

    Malcolm Smith.
     
  8. Eric Geist

    Eric Geist

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    I'm 38, and have been turning for just over a year now. I first got interested in it after seeing some of my great grandfather's work when I was young. I lived in a different state, so I never got the chance to learn from him. In the following years, I put it in the back of my mind as something I might do when I retire. I did some flat work here and there, along with some metal work and bike building, but when I got the chance to turn a pen at woodcraft to be sent to the troops, I was hooked. It took me a year to finally get a lathe, but that year gave me a chance to learn an awful lot, and meet some great people. (yes Chuck, you are one of them ;) ) I would say however that the average age of those in my club is well over 50, with very few women.
     
  9. Joyce Baldauf

    Joyce Baldauf

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    female, 65, 4yrs.

    Watched Norm on New Yankee Workshop and thought turning would be neat. Husband bought me a Rikon lathe, bought myself a set of Crown tools, a couple books and joined a local club. Had absolutely no previous exposure to the lathe but have always been a hands on type. I now own a Jet 1642 EVS and am totally and forever hooked. Club has about 25 members, 2 of whom are women. I would guess the average age is about 60 with anywhere from 1 year to 30 yrs. experience.
    We are actively working on plans to expose more young people to the joys of turning - cub scouts, boy scouts, YMCA camps to start with. Our club is only 5 years old.:)
     
  10. Robert Taylor

    Robert Taylor

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    i'm 58 been turning only 1 year but have had a lathe for more than 30 years. i retired and took a pen turning class at woodcraft, a few months later i took a "logs to bowls" class at woodcraft. now i'm hooked.
     
  11. Dick Hines

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    I am 63. Have been turning for 10 yeras or so. My wife brought a weed pot home from an art show. I thought "I can do that". I get my fathers old lathe from his old shop and turned a weed pot. I have been through that old lathe , 2 Sears lathes ahd how am turning on a PM 3520.
     
  12. Claude

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    I am 63 too. I started turning when I was 12 on the pedal lathe I use for my avatar. As I was too light weight I had to jump with both feet on the pedal, and when the lathe was at a correct speed I was jumping out of the pedal down to the floor and using the inertia of the lathe for a few seconds and then starting again. I sincerely love the variable speed lathe I'm using now.
     
  13. hughie

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    me I am 60 and started out around 13-14 in my Dads shop
     
  14. Scott Regenbogen

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    I'm 48 and have been turning pretty seriously for about 10 years, though I did my first commissioned piece while in college. As a wood major at an art college in Philadelphia we had the privelage of having David Ellsworth give a talk and that was my inspiration for turning as art. I didn't get to do too much with that till I had a place to really set up (and by that, I mean a garage) but I try to make up for lost time.

    As for a new generation of turners, I think, as someone said, our society is so geared towards "technology" over "hands on" that we must take every opportunity to talk it up, teach, cajole, bribe or otherwise bully people into turning. Just kidding about that last part, but I had the good fortune of teaching wood turning at our local community college and was really impressed with the way some of the students took to it.

    I really think that if more people knew first hand how much fun it is, there'd be a bunch more turners around. IMHO
     
  15. Jock Manuka

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    I'm 53 .
    and basically self taught.
    I was about 14 when I did my first turning at high school ..... one shallow bowl , about an inch thick ..... :)

    On and off over the years I have came across a lathe , so I had a play :D

    I have only owned lathes for about the last 8 years ,
    and not done all that much on them , as yet :p

    cheers ,
    Jock
     
  16. pyrocasto

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    I'm 22, and have been turning off and on for 4-5 years. A lot self taught, and a couple years after I started advice from here and a video.
     
  17. Jonathan Spool

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    I'm 52 and have been actively turning for 7 years.
     
  18. Steve Worcester

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    I will chime in here.

    I am 48 and been at it about 10 years. Being an OCD type personality, when we moved I had no one to share my previous obsession with (cycling) and was looking for an outlet. My wife said if I took up woodworking I HAD to take a class. Went to Woodcraft for pen turning and ended up spend ing about $750 that week on a lathe, etc.
    That lathe paid for itself with sales of pens at art shows and such and have since had two Oneways, which also paid for themselves. Since then upgraded several bandsaws, chainsaws and now into glass and wood.
    Helps found the DAW, Dallas Area Woodturners (although I wanted Guild at the end so it would be DAWG)
    Been fortunate enough to demo at a few AAW symposiums as well as many venues across the county. Also been able to combine my photography skills with woodturning and had 4 articles published.

    Got into sandpaper as another way to help pay for the addiction. And it truly is an addiction. This is being composed on a laptop in the shop.

    Took over the two car garage, no cars in here for years now.

    While this thread wasn't for resumes, thanks for reading.
     
  19. Robbie Graham

    Robbie Graham

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    nearly 55 and been turning about 25 years and still enjoying it. Robbie:)
     
  20. Chris Rae

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    I'm new here and new to turning. I've been turning for about 2 months and I love it! I'm 56 years old.
    Chris
     

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