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Thread: Turning for a Living?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Turning for a Living?

    Here's one reason it's tough to make a living as a full-time turner...

    That's a natural edged mango bowl, obviously turned (or cut off the end of a log) wet and left to warp. On sale at Target for $17. Hard to compete with that, when most consumers can't tell the difference between a machine-made bowl and one that you spend hours on.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Cotswolds, UK
    Same problem here in the UK Vaughn, so much of the "consumer" stuff is imported from low labor cost economy areas that it's almost impossible to find a market.
    The few outlets that have a customer base that appreciate home grown hand turned work are soon saturated by those with the contacts or marketing skills.

    Galley work is an even bigger hurdle, getting a name in the right circles is even harder no matter how good the output.
    Chas. just a traveller on the road of time.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Mooreland, Indiana

    If I remember right, I've made mention of this in emails to you in the past.

    Maker of Fine Lathe Tools & Accessories.

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