it would be interesting to know how people got into turning and what their first experiences were like
how did you start turning?
are you self tough or did you go on a course?
what lathe did you start on? how many lathes have you had?
how long have you been turning?
what was the first thing you turned?
doubt anyone cares but i started turning 6 months ago. my first experience of woodturning was at an outdoor museum, i paid £1 to have a go at using their lathe and i made a bathroom light pull for my grandparents. the shape was a little crude but my grandparents loved it so that's all that matters :)
3 weeks later i was at a village fair and i found an old lathe lying on the floor under a load of car parts, i paid £50 for it and started turning until i realized i needed a chuck. i found a 4 jaw independant chuck at a car boot sale for £5 and my uncles friend rethreaded it to fit my 20 year old lathes headstock thread.
so with my flimsy 20 year old lathe with an independant 4 jaw metalworking chuck i began turning bowls and my knowledge of turning increased until i realised i needed a new lathe. im still looking for the best deal
here are some pictures of a lathe and chuck similar to the ones im using:
the lathe. this is a similar shape to mine. my lathe has no morse tapers and a thread that is no longer used
the chuck. a bit scary to use because of the sticking out jaws, can easily break a finger.
as you can tell i need a new setup and i am searching for the best lathe to get under £400