Helping helpers too!

When I finally had time to use the lathe, I found I could forget the day’s frustrations, problems, anger and just turn away.

I am a 52 year old woman who discovered woodturning by accident.

My 20 year old asked me if she could get a lift to the local woodturning club just a year ago. I was not overly keen as I do a lot of driving already but it meant a lot to her, so of we went with a couple of her sisters. The local woodturning club members were very welcoming and I was immediately hooked seeing lumps of wood getting transformed into beautiful objects. Last March we finally got a second hand lathe from one of the woodturning club members!

Regrettably my dh had a nervous breakdown and needed a lot of care and attention for quite a while. When I finally had time to use the lathe, I found I could forget the day’s frustrations, problems, anger and just turn away. I was then better able to help dh or dd with their depression as I was not so stressed myself. I am just a beginner who could spend all day turning when possible and have a long way to go to get any good but it has saved my sanity from the stresses of helping people with depression, anxiety and dyslexia (which are all in the family).
Isabel

One Reply to “Helping helpers too!”

  1. Hi Isabel
    I’m glad you have the wood turning bug. I understand that sense of leaving the worries of the day outside the shop and being able to relax. I too could spend all day in the shop if allowed. However, some days I can stay in the shop too long and that can have a negative effect for me. I start to rush and am tired, etc. but I ignore it. I probably have a bit of the old OCD amongst other things 🙂 So, I try and limit my shop time and definitely take breaks every couple of hours which helps so much.I would highly recommend a coffee break or a short walk to help refocus and refresh yourself. It also helps give perspective on your turning: coming back from a break I have often found little changes that need to be made to whatever I am working on.

    Be well

    Chris

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