I fell in love with woodturning a long time ago. At the time, I was a poor college student about to get married and had no furniture. The university had a woodworking stop with a lathe. I learned how to use the lathe and made a living room set. We still have that furniture despite having moved back and forth across the country and recovering the cushions a couple of times.
A short time later, after graduation, we moved to Boston (Peabody actually) for a short term work assignment. One Sunday we bought a newspaper and I read the want ads. (This was very unusual for me.) I happened to see a note about a lathe for sale. We saw it and bought it. What a mistake! We lived in a small apartment and were expecting our second child. I did not use the lathe while we lived there. However,my wife remembers helping clean up wood project sawdust from the living room carpet.
Over the years, I did use the lathe occasionally. It was an old Rockwell lathe. I really wanted to turn bowls but the headstock was very sloppy. At the same time, my family and regular job precluded me from doing very much with the lathe.
Later I got rid of the lathe and bought a nice new one. Happy days, but work and family still came first.
Now, I’ve decided to pursue the dream again. My children have all left the house and I’m going to make the time to do some turning.
I’m definitely not a professional woodturner. my degree was in accounting. I’m learning with each project.
I want to share my dream with others I know are out there who also dream of making something beautiful.