This was my first YouTube video, and the start of my story. I returned to turning in my middle years, having turned a little in school back in the late 1970’s. I pretty much had to start again, with only a slight memory of how the machines work and how the tools should feel in my hands.
I started making YouTube videos after watching a chap called Peter Freitag who used his workshop, and his videos, as a therapy for his very acute depressive states. Having become very ill in 2007, and hardly ever leaving my home, I too had become depressed. Peter, and his videos, showed me that I could do this too, to challenge myself and to meet new fellows around the world. It didn’t take me long to come back ‘out of my shell’ and very quickly the videos became a part of me. If you have a few minutes free, please go and visit Peter and his world… https://www.youtube.com/user/PeteTGIF
I have come an awful long way since creating this first video. My turning, I hope, is almost unrecognisable from these first few videos. I feel I have undergone many years of learning in just a few as old learnt skills came back to me.