I began woodturning in earnest in 2006. I became a high school Industrial Technology (shop) teacher after working in heavy industry for 30+ years as a precision machinist. (The company I worked for thought that the Chinese could do a better job.) There was one wood lathe in the high school where I was hired. I knew how to turn metal, but not wood, so I took a bowl turning class with my lovely "significant other" at a Saturday class at Woodcraft. I asked the instructor for a recommendation for a mentor in my area, Dubuque, Iowa. He suggested the Quad Cities Woodturners Club in Rock Island, Illinois. With their help and a lot of practice, I have achieved a fair degree of proficiency.
My work is mostly ornamental rather than utilitarian and I love to teach others to turn.
I am very active in my local woodturning club: Harry Nohr Woodturners in Platteville, Wisconsin. nohrwoodturners.tripod.com