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An informal survey of woodturners -- early results analyized

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I’m a woodturner and a data guy who wanted to give my local club a useful view of our members by developing a short but comprehensive survey.

The art/craft/hobby has been growing in popularity over the last several years among both retirees and the younger Maker movement.

But then I realized the potential for a larger audience, so I opened it up to several woodturning groups on Facebook. I'm hoping these early results will get other clubs and groups to distribute it to their members to grow the data set.

Even with just 120 or so respondents, I thought the results were interesting enough to share.

No, I have no master plan for world domination or woodturner marketing.

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An informal survey of woodturners -- early results analyized

  1. 1. An unofficial survey of and for Woodturners By Norm Cloutier WeekendTurner.com in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 7, 2015 An unofficial survey of and for Woodturners
  2. 2. Who has taken the survey? (so far) • 126 responded to post in Facebook groups 86% in US (108) 55% Non-AAW members (69) OH 10 TX 7 FL 6 IL 7 NY 5 AZ 4 CA 4 GA 4 MN 4 VA 4 IN 3 MI 3 MS 3 OR 3 PA 3 WI 3 CO 2 ID 2 KS 2 KY 2 MA 2 MD 2 ME 2 MO 2 MT 2 OK 2 UT 2 WA 2 AK 1 AL 1 CT 1 LA 2 NC 1 NH 1 NM 1 SC 1 TN 1 WV 1 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 2
  3. 3. Just the highlights, please… • About half (53%) have been turning for less than 5 years • Under a third (30%) have been turning for more than 10 years • Most turners are self-led (81%) • Majority find books helpful (70%) • Many are influenced by YouTube (76%) • Under half influenced by a local club (47%) • More than 80% of all turners have: – Band saw, table saw, compressor, drill press, grinder, jacobs/drill chuck • 72% own a scroll chuck, 40% have 8-12” lathes, 19% own a vacuum system • Between 35% and 44% would like to get: – Steady rest, vacuum, hollowing, or coring system • 35% have yet to sell a piece • 23% have sold more than 100 • 23% have sold 1-20 pieces 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 3
  4. 4. Where we are as turners What’s your current status as a woodturner? 38% 36% 12% 9% 5% Turning is my after-work hobby (have unrelated full-time job) Turning is my retirement activity/hobby Turning is my part-time employment/job/income I am a beginner/novice turner Turning is my full-time employment/job/income < 1 year 14 11% 1-2 years 18 14% 2-3 years 17 13% 3-5 years 17 13% 5-10 years 22 17% 10-15 years 17 13% 15-20 years 3 2% 20+ years 18 14% None... 43 34% 1-3 pieces 7 6% 4-10 pieces 13 10% 11-20 pieces 10 8% 21-50 pieces 15 12% 51-100 pieces 8 6% 100+ pieces 29 23% How long have you been turning? Count only years in which you produced at least 12 items How many pieces have you sold? “None – I keep or give them away” 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 4
  5. 5. What we’ve been making About how many of the following items have your produced; honest estimates are fine. None 1-4 5-9 10-24 25-49 50-99 100+ Bowls 4% 16% 18% 16% 16% 4% 26% Platters 26% 37% 18% 10% 4% 2% 4% Hollow forms 37% 26% 14% 10% 7% 2% 6% Boxes 22% 28% 18% 16% 6% 3% 7% Segmented pieces (10+ glued segments) 57% 29% 5% 6% 2% 0% 2% Pens 40% 7% 6% 12% 14% 6% 15% Furniture/architectural turning 62% 17% 8% 6% 3% 1% 4% Toys (tops, kaleidoscopes, etc) 34% 29% 14% 7% 9% 5% 3% Other kits (stoppers, pepper mills, razors, etc. 38% 18% 14% 10% 7% 6% 6% Other no Kits (goblets, spoons, knobs, etc.) 36% 23% 14% 9% 7% 7% 5% Other art (wall hanging, ornaments, etc) 41% 27% 12% 7% 3% 3% 7% 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 5
  6. 6. All about the tools Which of these tools or equipment do you have or want? Bought Built "Have" Want No Interest Wood lathe 96% 2% 98% 2% 0% Band Saw 90% 1% 91% 9% 1% Table or miter saw 90% 2% 91% 6% 3% Air compressor 87% 1% 88% 8% 5% Drill press 87% 1% 88% 12% 1% Grinder/sharpening system 90% 4% 94% 6% 1% Scroll chuck 71% 2% 73% 14% 14% Lathe Jacobs/drill chuck 88% 1% 89% 10% 2% Longworth chuck or jumbo jaws 50% 10% 59% 34% 7% Vacuum holding system 11% 8% 19% 44% 38% Hollowing tools/system 39% 10% 50% 39% 12% Steady rest (spindle or bowl) 26% 17% 43% 43% 14% Bowl coring system 20% 1% 21% 50% 30% Woodburner/pyrography pen 42% 1% 42% 30% 29% Power carver (rotary/reciprocating) 38% 1% 39% 24% 38% Red-green spectrum is per tool/row "Have" = bought or built 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 6
  7. 7. If it ain’t got that swing… What is your lathe's capacity? Swing: Largest diameter you can turn -- in inches Range of inches % 0f All Responses Cumulative groups Just 8 0.8% 1% 9-10 12% 13% 11-12 27% 40% 13-15 7% 47% Just 16 16% 63% 17-18 2% 65% 19-20 11% 76% 21-22 1.6% 78% 23-24 9% 87% 25-26 4% 90% 27-30 2% 93% 31-to-33 1.6% 94% 34-to-36 1.6% 96% 37-to-48 0.8% 97% 49-to-60 1.6% 98% 61-to-72 1.6% 100% Distinct groups 16-20" 14% 21-26" 27-26"6% 29% 47% < 16" 36"+4% This is a histogram (grouping) of all the values submitted. It shows 40% of all have lathes with no more than 12” capacity Also, 29% have lathes that can turn between 16 and 20 inches diameter 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 7
  8. 8. Our influences What most helped you become the woodturner you are? Assign a value to each of these items that helped you get where you are HSShopclass Adultclass Workshop Mentor MyClub Pro1on1 Books DVDs YouTube Self-taught HowIgot started 21% 13% 4% 24% 4% 5% 11% 5% 13% 37% Most influential 3% 5% 18% 14% 25% 9% 19% 12% 34% 44% Moderately influential 4% 12% 16% 8% 18% 6% 39% 26% 30% 14% Someinfluencetotal: 28% 30% 38% 46% 47% 19% 70% 43% 76% 94% Havedone/seen 8% 7% 11% 4% 6% 6% 18% 23% 16% 6% Not at all 65% 64% 51% 50% 47% 76% 13% 34% 9% 1% Shop class in HS Adult beginner class Workshop(s) with pro(s) Friend/family mentor Local club meetings Studied 1-on-1 with a pro Read books Professional DVDs/tapes YouTube Videos Self-taught trial & error 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 8
  9. 9. Taking your time How many hours did you spend turning last month? Or in an average month; include time spent on design, planning, cutting, gluing turning, sanding, surface embellishment and finishing This histogram shows, for example: * 9% of turners spend 33-40 hours per month turning * 84% spend less than 11 days per month A few answers of more than 260 hours per month were ignored as, well, unrealistic. Range of hours As 8-hour days % 0f all responses None 0 4% 1-8 ~1 15% 15% 9-16 1-2 22% 37% 17-24 2-3 20% 58% 25-32 3-4 8% 66% 33-40 4-5 9% 75% 41-56 5-7 2% 77% 57-72 7-9 4% 81% 73-88 9-11 2% 84% 89-104 11-13 5% 89% 105-120 13-15 2% 91% 121-to-136 15-17 0.8% 92% 137-to-152 17-19 0.8% 93% 153-to-168 19-21 2% 95% 169-to-184 21-23 0.0% 95% 185-to-200 23-25 0.8% 96% 13-17 days 17-25 days Distinct groups Cumulative groups ~1-3 days 3-11 days 4% 8% 26% 58% 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 9
  10. 10. About the survey… • Where to get/see/answer it: http://bit.ly/1LpAXP4 (It’s a Google Docs form) • Who is doing this and why? Just me; I’m a turner and a data guy – my day job is web analytics director. I wanted to give my club a useful view of our members but then realized the potential for a larger audience. No, I have no master plan for world domination or woodturner marketing. • Where can I see the raw results? Send me (norm@weekendturner.com) an email and I will invite you to access the raw Google data. • Can I use this for my club? Sure. Just send around this URL http://bit.ly/1LpAXP4 . You can filter the results by zip code to keep it local, but please help grow the overall data set by using this version of the form. • Why didn’t you ask about “xyz”? The goal was to keep to a 10-question limit. I worked on a long list and culled to what I thought would be most interesting to local clubs. A few questions are structured to reveal a LOT of info. • What’s next? Crosstabs! With more data (hundreds or thousands) I can analyze specific sub-groups, like new versus 5+year turners. With only 120 or so results, slicing that thin can be very misleading. 7/7/2015 norm@weekendturner.com 10

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