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A reader e-mailed this morning to ask for help in finding a retirement community that maintains a woodshop for its residents. He’s 68 and describes himelf as a very serious hobbyist woodworker. His note started me thinking that there are probably plenty of folks looking to downsize but who don’t want to give up their shop.
At any rate, I know of two places that fit his description – one in Southbury, CT and another in Fort Myers, Fla.
But I also told him that I would throw the question open to readers here. How about it folks? Does anyone know of a community with a good shared shop? Please post your comments here with any information you might have. The resulting list could be a great resource for our reader and perhaps others like him.
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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! As a former Dallasite, I was especially glad to see the Texans weighing in.
Anyway, I'll share your ideas with our reader. Thanks again!
I live in The Villages in Central Florida, a very beautiful and active retirement community. The Villages spent over a million dollars building a woodshop a few years ago, and it has been continually updated by the membership. There are seperate groups of turners and carvers each with specialized areas in the shop. Many classes are taught by the experts here. If the person is also a golfer, this is golf heaven with now 35 courses and growing. Go to thevillages.com. It may seem unbelievable, but after 5 1/2 years here it is all true.
My father-in-law lived in Del Web's Sun City West near Phoenix 8 years ago. While living there, he was the shop supervisor and gave free woodworkng instruction. I saw the shop and it was quite impressive.
Several of the Del Web retirement communities have woodworking shops.
Robson Ranch in Denton, Texas is an active adult community that has a woodworking shop and an active woodworking club.
The web site for the woodworking club is www.robsonranchwoodworkers.org.
The web site for the community is www.robsonranchhoa.org.
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