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Old 07-02-2017, 09:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I haven't really burned out yet since I just started, but won't be surprised if/when that day comes. I have a pretty steady rotation of hobbies, usually after I get burned out I will eventually find my way back. I think penturning has a nice mix of "learning" and "doing", there is always something new to try. I also get a lot of joy when I give away my pens or show people something new that I have been working on. I'm thinking that time constraints might become my limiting factor before I get burned out, we'll see. Hopefully you can stay engaged and find your passion again!
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Old 07-02-2017, 09:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I get burned out. When that happens, go to an old hobby, furniture making. It's also a great time when my daughter want to build. She did this Farmhouse table and benches all by herself. The only tool I would let her use was the table saw. That's only because she can reach far enough.

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Old 07-02-2017, 09:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yep, I am burned out. I was making pens, writing articles about making pens, pretty much everything around making pens. Then I just stopped. It was probably as much a reflection of other things going on in my life as at was being burned out on pens, but nonetheless I haven't turned a pen in over three years. I still follow the activities of the IAP, and I am feeling the urge to make a pen, so who knows. I might catch the bug again! ;-)

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Old 07-02-2017, 10:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I think a little burn out now and then is a good thing. It's your psyche telling you that you need to recalibrate why you are doing what you are doing.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I suffered through burnout the last 5 yesrs before I retired. I sold all my electronics equipment, and invested it into upgrading my other two hobbies and starting a new one (pen turning). Now if I feel pressure from one I cn lay it aside for a while and move on to another, or another, ang then come back to the first one - usually rested and with some fresh ideas.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It is good to see you back!

I went through a burnout for almost two years. Glad I didn't sell off my stuff. Been back for several years and while the once white-hot fever is not there, I still enjoy making pens.

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Old 07-03-2017, 06:25 AM   #17 (permalink)
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When I got into turning, and eventually IAP, I was going at it hot and heavy. I met up with Lou (DCBluesMan) and Jim (JimGO), and a few others, and we were rabid. I turned, got into casting, and other stuff.

Then, I just kind of fell out... less shop time, started a photography business, so there was no time.

I have discovered a bit of balance, and have returned to turning after about a 3 year "off time". I'm doing things for fun, not for profit. I think it was the selling stuff that turned it into a job and took some of the fun out.

I think it is natural to get into something heavily, and kind of fade a bit... call it finding your ZEN...
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:05 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm retired and do a lot of things - camping, golfing, and woodworking. Woodworking includes small furniture, scrolled items, bowls, and, of course pens. I do 3-4 craft shows a year to support my "habit". I can't do the same thing for a very long. I think that's the secret. Spread your time around, doing the things you like. When you get tired of that, do something else. I have had friends/acquaintances who, after retiring, had nothing to do. Unfortunately, several of those are not here anymore. Keeping active, with a balance, is the key to a long and happy life.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:09 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Yeah, it happens. About 4 or 5 years ago things were really crazy busy at work for months and months and I was working 80 hour weeks non-stop. Any time in the shop was squeezed in between other priorities and I felt pressured to just get something made. No fun. One day I just stopped going into the shop. My break from the shop lasted 18 months. During that time I only went in there twice just to be sure everything was OK. It was a total of about 5 minutes. I was even tempted to sell everything.

I'm glad I didn't sell the shop. When I started turning again life had slowed down and I started by turning other things. I only turn a few pens a year now. I do turn a lot of other things but I do it on my terms and my timeline. Sometimes I go for weeks without going into the shop. Other times I spend hours each day for several days in a row. It all depends on how I 'feel' that day. If I'm in the mood I go into the shop. If I'm not in the mood I don't.

I enjoy my shop time much more now!
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Got tired of making pens, moved on to other things, bowls mostly, did make some nice candy dispensers for a wedding. I have made a couple of pens for gifts a few months back. I enjoy working in the shop though, I will make pens on demand, if someone needs or wants on. Bowl turning is challenging and rewarding, and free wood is free wood.
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