average age of a turner

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  1. Gary Chapman

    Gary Chapman

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    turners age

    I am 65, been turning for a year now. I bought a woodfast lathe on ebay and haven't stopped turning since. I spend my time either looking for chunks of wood or roughing out shapes. I will spend the winter months finishing my rough-outs.
    I took woodworking classes when I was in high school, didn't really turn anything, thought it was boring but just found out how stupid I was when i was young. Now that I have re-visited turning I can't stop.
    You were right about cutting out the artws from school for without the creative outlet our children will stay bored and stagnant.
    Life would be so worthless without the chance to express oneself.
    Keep on turning. Gary
     
  2. marvin j ewing

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    I'm 60 years old and have been turning 30+ years and have had 7 lathes in my shop but downsized to only 3.
     
  3. Tony Latham

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    I'm 57, been seriously turning for a few months but turned on my dad's lathe in high school. Below (if I've figured out how to post photos), is a pic of the neighbor with one of her first turnings. She's 13 and I'm sure will someday own her own lathe.

    Two bits no one can guess the wood on the ice cream scoop (hint: it's native to the western U.S.)

    TL
     

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  4. Colin MacGillivray

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    I am78, Started turning about 30 years ago and had to give it up after 3 years due to breathing problems. A few years later i retired and went to Florida. The lungs seemed to get better so maybe i could turn outside in the driveway. So i bought a little midi lathe and took a chance. Luckily my son who had inherited all my tools didnt get into turning so i borrowed what i needed from the stored stuff. Now i roll out my little lathe into the driveway and make boxes and bowls. So far after 3 years have had no ill effects.
     
  5. Bill Blasic

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    I'm 62 and have been turning about 8 years now. There was a lathe in my general shop class but the teacher would not let anyone touch it. I used to do a little flat woodworking but those machines now are just places to put my turning stuff. Besides the AAW I am a member of three clubs and I'm in my fourth year as President of the Presque Isle Woodturners in Erie, PA.
     
  6. Midi Haws

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    average age of woodturners

    Hi all - I am 58 and FEMALE. I have been turning about 4 mo. and am trying to make up for lost time. I have a full size Woodfast that I purchased at an estate sale along with nunerous tools. I belong to Norcal Turners which meets in Sacramento, Ca. They have a great mentor program that I am using it to full advantage. I am addicted! Also, there was a post on this forum questioning the sanity of Packer fans. We are not sane, don't cross us. -Midi
     
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  7. Douglas Lawrence Smith

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    Average of turners.

    I'll be 75 next week. Have been turning for four years.
     
  8. Robert Lalonde

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    I'm 64 and have been turning about 5 years.
     
  9. Larry Watson

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    Average Age

    I will be 80 next month have had a lathe about 70 years.
     
  10. Gwilym Fisher

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    Gwilym Fisher

    I'm 75 and have been turning for nearly 10 yrs.My hobby was ceramics but my wife who loved wood bought me a cheap lathe and I was hooked. I sold all my pottery equipment and bought a decent lathe, a Vicmarc 175.I got into sculptural turning as a result of trying to replicate some of my ceramic pieces. My only regret is that I did not start a lot earlier. The majority of members in our club are into their late 60's.
     
  11. Joe Gorman

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    62 turning for about 18 months. Used to do flat board work but had a stroke about 10 years ago and had to give it all up, right side is messed up and of course I am right handed. I saw a turning demonstration and approached the guy doing it... he is an AAW member.

    He started working with me and got me started:) ... I am not good but am getting better:D:D just love it.
     
  12. Dolan Brown

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    61 and 2 days.:D I have been turning for 2 years. Doing flat work for much longer. But turning has become almost an addiction. But it keeps me off the streets.
     
  13. Joe Fennell

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    I'm 32. I first learned to use a lathe in the shop my Grandfather owned close to 20 years ago. Someone much wiser than myself thought it would be alright to leave a teenage boy unsupervised if a wood shop (i was supposed to be sweeping the floor). I taught myself to use a lathe and table-saw; believe it or not i still have 10 fingers and 2 eyes. I turned a tooth pick holder in HS shop class and a sword handle in college. Luckly in my first 3 -4 months of professional employment a co-worker gave me an old rusted 1950 -60's Delta-Rockwell lathe. A few hours with a sandblaster and lots of lubricant i got it spinning; a few more years of TLC and regular use a few coats of paint and that lathe is absolutely SEXY! It really is a beautlful piece of equipment. I'm on it weekly to monthly. All in all i started turning 20 years ago and regularily about 9-10 years ago.
     
  14. Max Taylor

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    avg. age of turners

    I am 83 and been turning about 5 yrs. I have 3 working lathes, but refuse to admit I am addicted to it. I can quit any time I want to. Yeah, right.
     
  15. Ed Davidson

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    Here's a screenshot of the age demographic response from our 2006 AAW membership survey - out of 1,303 responses, 69% were 55 or older.
     

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  16. Bob Borzelleri

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    Turned 65 on October 1st and went out and got a lathe a couple of weeks later. So, doing the math...
     
  17. Wayne Spence

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    I turned my first bowl in 1970 and my second in 2008. If I were running for public office I would say I have been turning for 38 years. I have been woodworking and carving-sculpting since the 1960's. Why turning took so long to discover I don't know. In the early 80's a group of 10 to 15 of us started a woodworking guild. It was a disaster. We had one successful show at a shopping center here in Denver. Maybe I think it was a success because I was the sole judge. The average age was probably in the 20's. Contrast that to the local woodturners club where the average is probably 50 plus and the difference is striking . I realize comparing 80's to 2008's may not be comparing apples to apples, more like comparing grapefruits to apples.

    I am 73 and not kicking so much but still swinging ok.

    Wayne
     
  18. odie

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    You can see the age of the members starts to decline after age 65......I'll bet that has absolutely nothing to do with who is the most interested in turning......but average time we spend on this earth!

    ooc
     
  19. dave harris

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    I'm 54 and just starting out (2 weeks into) It is addicting :D
     
  20. Keith Harrell

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    Turning for six months, 59 years young
     

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