After a career in Electronic Communications, electronics manufacturing and Electronic Security, I am now retired from the workplace.  I have always enjoyed woodworking and making furniture.  I did try my hand at woodturning about 40 years ago but it was a very feeble effort for a short time only.
I purchased a small lathe to see if I would enjoy making some shavings - this turned out (no pun intended!) to be very enjoyable albeit somewhat frustrating due to the lack of proficiency.  I then purchased another, larger lathe and was fortunate to find someone selling a good selection of turning tools and a oneway sharpening system.
I spent time researching on the internet and this is where I found details of the Golden Horseshoe Woodturners Guild and after attending one of thier meetings, immediately joined. ( ). They have a very active membership and I have learned a great deal from the presentations and hands on meetings.
I enjoy all forms of turning that I have tried so far -  bowls, boxes, ornaments, bottle stoppers, mason jar lids, tea light holders etc.  I have yet to attempt hollow forms but that will be something I will try in the near future.