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Retirement living for woodworkers

comments (5) June 29th, 2009 in blogs

sscott Stephen Scott, associate editor
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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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Comments (5)

sscott sscott writes: 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!

Steve S.
Posted: 4:22 pm on July 9th

krob krob writes: 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 It may seem unbelievable, but after 5 1/2 years here it is all true.
Posted: 9:18 am on July 5th

creeksidequilter creeksidequilter writes: 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.
Posted: 12:05 am on July 2nd

texan63 texan63 writes: Several of the Del Web retirement communities have woodworking shops.
Posted: 4:40 pm on July 1st

B_o_b B_o_b writes: 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

The web site for the community is
Posted: 4:16 pm on July 1st

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