average age of a turner

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  1. Eltornidor

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    Hi, i'm 36 years old and been turning about 4 years, but i have a very nice story for you:

    On italian forum www.il-legno.it a member Gianpiero, called peperoncino-piccante, for friends peppero, want to known a very nice person in Reggio Calabria, who made pipes, for speak with him over erica arborea wood. This is Mr. Leo. He born 98 years ago, 1910, hurt in 1936 in the war in Africa, it made the second world war and at the end of this last he emigrated in France. In France it made quite a lot works among which that of turner on behalf of the great manufacturing firms of clocks. Now he lives in Reggio, where despite the age and a recent accident, he has been invested by a car, using a French lathe (year 1946) continuous regularly to turn, it also produces rondellines and cogwheels for clocks of the diameter of 2mm, and then bagpipes, have made one of it of plexiglas, vases, pillboxes, lights and all imagination it suggests him. probably it will also take me a mini course to teach to build me the bagpipes. God blesses him.......ciao Giampiero.

    Bye
    Marco
     

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  2. Dave Roller

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    I just had my 69th birthday. I started turning about 2 1/2 years ago, and now I'm hooked!
     
  3. Darrin

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    Im 31 and have been attempting to make things for about a year now :)
     
  4. AndyH

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    I'm 61, and turning headed the list of reasons for taking an early retirement.

    In '77 I acquired a 1946 Sears lathe to reproduce chair and table legs for my furniture restoration business. Within a couple of months, I was turning bowls, vessels, and sculptural pieces. 3 years later I bought a large lathe built in the late 1890's, put a 2hp motor on it, and used it till I bought a Stubby from John Jordan in '03.

    Although my turning hasn't been constant over the years, I am making up for it now. The presence of the AAW and the plethora of turning equipment on the market help to make more folks aware of turning. Craft fairs and galleries all over the country are introducing the public to turned objects.

    The future of turning looks bright to me~~
     
  5. Jorge Castaneda

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    I am 74

    and started turning 4 years ago. I am hooked!
    and having a ball.
     
  6. turner23

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    Follow Up..

    Finally got around to updating the stats I began a while back. After adding almost 30 additional entries, the average age is still 54, and the average years of experience is still 12. Sounds conclusive to me.

    After reading through each entry, it's nice to see how much turning has enriched your lives. Almost everyone said they have a blast working on the lathe...that's awesome!

    Cheers, and thanks for participating!

    Nick
     

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  7. russell marks

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    i am 50 and have been trying to turn about two weeks and i am in hook line and sinker
     
  8. Terry Scott

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    Re age

    I've just hit 50 ,in our club 150 memebers we run a youth program and have budding turners as young as 8 but on average the young are 13 to 18
    If you took the 12 out of the equation the average in our club is around 48
    We have 6 over the age of 80 with one young fellow at 88 yes still turning strong
    see www.sawg.org .nz for information on our clubs activities
    I think the news letters make great reading
    Cheers
    Terry www.timberly.co.nz
     
  9. David E. Cave

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    I am 76 and have been turning for 3 years. It has become by retirement addiction.
    Dave
     
  10. GeorgeH

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    My wife tells me that all wood turners are like little boys with a new collection of toys. I guess that reduces the average age factor considerably.

    I'm 69 - apparently moving toward a lower number (which ain't all bad)
     
  11. Jake Debski

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    LOL, turning "turns" some of us old f**ts into 9 or 10 year-olds again. Our curiosity of the possibilities seems boundless. The only difference is our prize possessions no longer fit in the pockets of our overalls. But the key to the magic garden(where all things are possible) does open the door to our shop/er, studio. ;):D
     
  12. keithz

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    I am 57 and have been turing for 6 years.
     
  13. Bruce McElhaney

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    I'm 66 and have been turning seriously for about 5 yrs, although I did turn a small bowl from a board in my 8th grade wood-shop class. Turning equipment and techniques have changed since then, but not as much as I would have thought.
     
  14. Barbara Gill

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    LOL George maybe it is time to tell your wife there are women woodturners too.:)
     
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  15. Randy

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    I have been waiting for my birthday this week just to make it more accurate. I am doing all I can to raise the average age, 61 this week and been turning 5 years.
     
  16. alexc

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    im 18 years old. I started turning in high school when I was 17. I saw a video of Norm make a bat. That's when I knew that turning was for me. I turned on the lathes at school but never really had the time to finish a product since class was only 50 minutes and I usually only got 25 minutes to turn. I bought my own lathe and have been turning ever since.

    Alex
     
  17. Duff Bement

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    52 and only been turning less than a year. I have probably spent as much money as some of the long timers, but I have enjoyed every single minute. Unfortunately I now know what an addiction fells like. OH WELL!
     
  18. Colin Macqueen

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    This seems like a good place for my first post here (Hi, everyone!). I'm 46 and was trained in metal turning amongst other things during my apprenticeship in the early 80s but ended up in drafting and design so I never used it. Picked up my first lathe (Jet pen lathe) about 5 years ago and my second (Jet 1014) about two years ago.


    Colin
     
  19. Robert Pastel

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    I've been turning since my wife bought me a lathe. She knew I wanted something that turned, and the Sears salesman sold her a lathe (I was thinking of a router). This was about 20 years ago. A book of directions about how to turn came with the lathe, and I struggled along for awhile. About 13 years or so ago, I took a course with Dave Ellsworth and learned how to turn. I do beautiful work now, but I am still learning.
     
  20. Scott Longberry

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    I'm 37 years old and have been turning for about 3.5 years now. I still tend to destroy more wood than make nice things, but I keep trying! :)
     

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