average age of a turner

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  1. Dick Sowa

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    I started turning when I got bored with flatwork, and found that turnings could add some real character to otherwise bland pieces. That was back I was 37. I am still at it now that I am 62.
     
  2. bill easterling

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    I'm 65 and started 2 years ago after watching someone at a flea market turning.I said I can do that and have been at it since.
     
  3. Howard Beaver

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    I started turning about ten years ago, and now I'm at the young age of 58.

    Howard Beaver
     
  4. Pascal Oudet

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    I started turning in 2001, and I'm now 36 (some days I feel young. some days only)
    Pascal
     
  5. Mike Maffitt

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    Turning at almost 50

    I'll be 50 this December and I've been turning for the last 4 years. I had exposure to lathes in Jr. High School shop class where I turned legs for a stool I made. Happy turning.
     
  6. Alan Trout

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    I am 42 but act like I am 16 (just ask my wife). My dad was a shop teacher for 20 years so I have been exposed to it for some time with a little experiance. Been doing flat work for many years but just recently got into the round stuff more.

    Alan
     
  7. ThePenSmith

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    66, I have been turning for 11 years, but seriously turning for the last 6 years
     
  8. Skip Evans

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    Gettng Old

    I am 58 and have been turning for about 3 years. I would venture to guess that the youngsters in the hobby are in their 40s with a few exceptions.
     
  9. Midi Haws

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    Average age of woodturners

    Hi all,

    I'm 58 year old woman who just started turning. I feel like a zit faced teen in our club. The club is comprised of Old and Older men. I was surprised to see so few women and younger men.
     
  10. C Edward Moore

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    As a youngster I turned some Christmas presents on a lathe that my father acquired. I can't even recall what the tools looked like. I made custom furniture for an Annapolis designer in the 70's and wrote two articles for Fine Woodworking. I turned pieces that were needed for the furniture only. Youth soccer, then computers, and then sheepherding with border collies followed. In the late 90's I started turning and got serious about it around 1999 or 2000 when I spent a weekend at Bob Rosand's place and a week with Ray Key at Arrowmont. Retirement in 2002 has allowed me to focus on turning.

    Interesting sidenote: Whenever I have tried to focus on some aspect of turning something has always come along and redirected me. I thought that I was going to turn bowls mostly. But I ended up making a lot of ornaments instead. So I got a Robust and was headed into bowls again when I assisted Bob Rosand at John C Campbell Folk School. Then I taught "Ornaments and Boxes" at JCCFS and will teach just ornaments in November. A gallery just placed an order for a dozen or so bowls. So it's still not clear what I might do when I grow up. :D
     
  11. MichaelMouse

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    Says a lot for having time on your hands that most turners are vintage individuals. Or it might be a continuation of acquisition over creation of items that consumerism fosters.

    Age is sort of relative. To my kids I'm one day younger than dirt. When I go to talk to seniors about the dangers of throw rugs I'm "sonny."

    Still the same age inside, but clerks are starting to call me "sir.".
     
  12. william smith

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    first turned in high school enjoyed it but stayed with flatwork over the years tried it after all these years again and been at it as much as possible for over a year now. theres nothing like seeing a piece take shape. the club i am amember is mostly my age or older 53.
     
  13. moseley

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    I'm 60 and have been turning about 6 years. Most of the active members of my club appear to be older than me.
     
  14. Nate Hawkes

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    I'm 32, started turning 2 yrs ago, maybe 3, and have jumped to a 3520B recently, paid for it with bowl sales! I'm definitely a youngster in the turning club locally; other members average a few years more matured than I, but range from teenagers to eighty something, including many great turners!
     
  15. BobHash

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    75 and 20 yrs. I am on my 5'th lathe. Quit turning 3 times but could not stay away. I concentrate on smaller segmented and inlaid work. I now have a lathe I can sit at and turn.
     
  16. GA Darling

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    I am 52 and have been turning for 5 years. I was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's Disease at age 40 and medically retired a couple of years later. I was doing flat work at that time and it was getting too much for me to lift and turn. A good friend got me intrested in turning pens. I was having a blast with it but it soon became boring. I moved on learning to turn bowls. Now I do a lot of segmented, staved, and hollow forms and pens. I know one day the Parkinson's will force me to stop turning but until then I am going to have fun.
     
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  17. Bill Hunt

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    68 been turning for 5 years
    Bill Hunt
     
  18. wa5fdf

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    responsibility

    I am 62 and been turning for about 9 years. (can't remember for sure). I think alot of it is that when we're young we have lots of other responsibilities of family and career. We we get older and the kids are gone we have more time and money for tools. This is where I see most of our members coming from.

    I think getting rid of shop in school was the worst thing they could have done. Not every kid has the disposition or finace for college, so why not let them have a look at other trades so they can make better decisions. We will always need plumbers and electricans. If everyone goes to college we'll have too many burger flippers and not enough tradesmen.

    Vernon
     
  19. Jeremy Williams

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    I am 31 and got started about 2 years ago.
     
  20. Chris Rae

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    I'm a 56 year old woman and started turning about a year ago. Having a great time!
     

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