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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by turner23, Sep 24, 2008.
39 here and I've been turning for 2 years.
This thread has been going so long I'm a year older now.
But are you wiser now john?
43, been turning for about 3 years.
58. Turned when I was a kid in England ( in school), then dabbled in pottery for about ten years, later in life. When my father died I moved into his house and work shop. Dusted off a Shopsmith and struggled with that for a year or two, but enough to get hooked. Just set up my new 3520 and I'm as happy as a clam. Working with clay and wood has a lot in common. Helped me with form. I sure like not having wet hands though.
You must not have turned some really fresh green wood yet. I looked like I had taken a shower after roughing a piece the other day. Of course there's also the problem of getting sawdust in your undershorts and socks. I would probably have trouble explaining that at the airport.
52 and have been turning for about 2 years. I have found out that fellow wood turners are almost as fun turnig itself.
Of course there's also the problem of getting sawdust in your undershorts and socks. I would probably have trouble explaining that at the airport.[/QUOTE]
This past year I have taken to removing my short sleeve shirt, shaking out before going upstairs (the only ones that see me are the deer and turkeys looking into the shop) to the bathroom. Sure has helped the chips in the bathroom, as well as the itchiness of things left in the underwear!!!!!Gretch
I am 32 and have been turning for just over 2 years. I am totally hooked and just picked up a PM3520 after turning on a 1949 Shopsmith for the last 2 years.
You and I have something in common! My best guess is I began turning at age 33 with a 1950's vintage Shopsmith!
I am now a few months shy of 61yrs old!
Right now, my lathe turning is the greatest personal pursuit of my life. Sometimes, I tell those who know me that my bowl turning is a joint effort between me and God........he makes the beautiful wood, and I make the bowls. I guess you could say that without God, I am nothing..........but, on the other hand, without me, all He's got are a bunch of trees! Ha,ha!
As I have found, I hope you too can find some amount of personal satisfaction in your lathe turning. Just never let your desire to sell your work become more important than your desire to create something personal and artistic. You will arrive at this crossroads, sooner or later.....and, it will be necessary to make a decision about what is more important when you do.
A guiding fundamental for me in the pursuit of this art is the time proven K.I.S.S. principle. Enjoyment in satisfaction can easily become a handicap when you continually try to outdo your previous efforts......but, nonetheless, a necessary ingredient to personal growth. It IS a balancing act!
Good luck to you, and hope you find something that becomes a lifetime endeavour......may it be something that will allow you to define your self-worth, and give life more meaning to yourself and those who know, and love you.........
I am now 30, and have been turning for about 6 years I got started when my grandfather gave me a tiny dremel lathe that he wasn't using. It's been uphill from there!