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Old 07-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Burned out from pen turning: Not me. Pen turning is one of my escapes from my regular work, along with flatwork, bowl turning, reading and family. I enjoy my work considerably and even though I retired from my career work (missionary, church planting), I am back doing it because I enjoy it.

I still need a break from my work and I have choices that take me in several directions. Sometimes it it pen turning, sometimes, furniture making, sometimes bowls, or working on a neighbor's mower, fixing a relative's built in oven; replacing a light switch in a widow's home.

I don't put all of my relaxation time in a single hobby basket. Or in another way: I don't keep my hobby in one basket; that keeps life interesting and enjoyable for me.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:14 PM   #32 (permalink)
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When I start feeling burned out, I start working on my thank you cards for Pens For Troops. It gets me motivated again.
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:56 AM   #33 (permalink)
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What a timely post for me. My last visit here was 12/22/15 and I am once again feeling the urge to spin up the lathe and make some pens.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:14 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Yup, been a bit burned out on pens, and turning in general, and am taking a break from it for now. Am also using this as an opportunity to reevaluate my stash of blanks and the reality is that I don't need enough blanks on hand to keep me turning pens for nearly 40 years at the current rate. So it's time to sell some and give some away, but am having trouble finding the motivation to even work on that.

I am, however, continuing to stabilize and dye and selling those blanks.

But as far as shop time goes, right now I'm focusing on getting my shop all put back together for building furniture. Never did get to getting it fully set back up after moving 3 1/2 years ago, so I've taken a long enough hiatus from furniture and now it's time to spend some time on that. I have a long list of things I really want to build for our home.
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:20 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by EBorraga View Post
I'm also glad that I can turn when I feel like it. Anybody else get burned out and take a break?
Absolutely. You're not alone.

Current set up:
a pair of Jet 1015VS
Jet 1221VS
MidAmericaPool Taig professional pool cue repair lathe....that somehow gets involved with pen blanks.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:03 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I know what you are talking about. I lost my oldest son in January 2015, 46 years old. I have not had the desire to make anything since. I am not sure why exactly, it just seemed to be not as important anymore. I am beginning to get the desire to head to the basement again so maybe soon I will make something. I have a ton of wood and components, sop excepting buying some fresh CA I should be good.
"A Man Has To Know His Limitations" Harry Calahan "Dirty Harry" - "And Go Just A Little Bit Farther" Bruce Smith "The Wingdoctor"
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:50 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I've not turned a pen in almost 2 months. Two stays in the Hospital, a heart attack followed 2 weeks after with a stuck gallstone. Patiently waiting results of the stress test to find out the damage done before chancing the Texas heat in my shop. Folks, get an annual physical along with a stress test. At 51 I hadn't expected a problem with low cholesterol numbers having never been seriously sick.

Maybe I'll get cleared in time to make something for the Summer Extravaganza.


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