I recently turned 60, and thoughts turned to what I might do when I hit retirement at the grand old age of 66. I am in the position now, where I don’t need to work, but choose to, as I am an IT Contractor profession.
Back in the 1970’s I did a bit of woodworking/turning whilst at school, and I thought to myself recently, I quite enjoyed back then, I know what I will do, buy a lathe and become a wood turner, and who knows, it might make me a few bob, if I become good at it.
So, I bought a lathe last week, and started to practice, its then you realise, oh, I need that widget as well, so off to google to find it
Hopefully, the raw commodity should be an issue, living where I do, and I prune back every year – with a chain saw, so I am into extreme pruning 🙂
It’s good to see somebody getting back into woodturning. What lathe did you go for and what do you think you will be making?
There certainly are a lot of widgets and thingamebobs involved but if you are just starting out you shouldn’t need to go crazy. Getting to grips with the basics is what Ed ( our boss and resident turner ) would advise.
I treated myself to a Axminster Craft AC355WL Lathe + chuck + HSS chisel set. I am looking to up skill myself and when I actually retire (in 2 – 5 years, dependent on circumstances), to exhibit at local craft fairs.
What, am I making – many a mess at the moment. Longer term plan is to make anything people want using turning skills alone, thoughts include bowls, egg cups, goblets, rolling pins, candle Tea-Light holders, needle holders, etc
To date, I have managed to make a rolling pin, and a couple of candle holders, as practice pieces.
As my other main hobby, is making wine from fruit, I end up with a lot of old sugar bags. These when filled with wood shavings (dried) make a great home made log, for my wood burning fires (I have 4 in the home), so nothing is wasted – all my shavings go into a dustbin for processing as and when.