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Hi I am a canadian snowbird in the yuma az area for 2 months this winter.  I am not a golfer and am having troube finding things to do,  that I am interested in.   Has anyone here gone to a snowbird rv park that had a woodworking shop?   If so what type of equipment, projects,  costs etc.   We would be lookingg for next winter and prefer dryer climates but would consider Texas Arizona or California.   I have thought that it would be a great way to introduce myself to furniture making,  and would be willing to pay for the use of the equipment and instruction if available.

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You might look into community colleges in the areas you're interested in visiting. I'm in the Santa Fe NM area and am involved with SFCC's Fine Woodworking program. We have a number of "just passing through" students that take courses. I would imagine other schools do, as well.

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Look into "Maker Spaces " as well. Although most of them don't teach as much as give people access to machines they can't afford. I have heard some places make you qualify on operation skills before you get cut loose in the shop. Some large woodworking supply stores hold classes. 

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55 minutes ago, wdwerker said:

Some large woodworking supply stores hold classes.

Woodcraft is a pretty good company as far as offering classes on a regular basis.

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9 hours ago, Mick S said:

You might look into community colleges in the areas you're interested in visiting. I'm in the Santa Fe NM area and am involved with SFCC's Fine Woodworking program. We have a number of "just passing through" students that take courses. I would imagine other schools do, as well.

Mick, what do you guys do in the program?

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1 hour ago, krtwood said:

You could probably run a small lathe right outside your RV.

Good idea, considering most of the tools/accessories can be put in a tool roll or small box. 

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Thanks everyone, some great sugestions here.  Dylder thank you for the info on Tower Point Rv park I  had not found it in my park search.  Yesterday we visited 3 parks in Yuma Az that have woodworking shops on their website.

DelPueblo rv park has a woodcarving shop.

Country Roads rv village was our second shop and see met the shop monitor and had a tour.... mostly delta equipment well equipped.   While there there was a " class" on making a segmented bowl.  Looked to me to be great shop/club to spend a couple of winter months at.

Our 3rd stop was Sun Vista rv park and the wood shop had already closed for the day,  however a quick look though the window..... several lathes a couple of cabinet saws planer joiner sanders etc.

 

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2 hours ago, Dmatt said:

Thanks everyone, some great sugestions here.  Dylder thank you for the info on Tower Point Rv park I  had not found it in my park search.  Yesterday we visited 3 parks in Yuma Az that have woodworking shops on their website.

DelPueblo rv park has a woodcarving shop.

Country Roads rv village was our second shop and see met the shop monitor and had a tour.... mostly delta equipment well equipped.   While there there was a " class" on making a segmented bowl.  Looked to me to be great shop/club to spend a couple of winter months at.

Our 3rd stop was Sun Vista rv park and the wood shop had already closed for the day,  however a quick look though the window..... several lathes a couple of cabinet saws planer joiner sanders etc.

 

This is great info please continue to share what you find out there I didn't realize this was a thing.

Anyone know if Florida has any Rv/retirement parks with wood shops like these?

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We have a community shop here in Northern VA, but it's only open Tuesday evenings and all day Saturday. Costs $8-13 (x2 if you don't live here).  I think they would open more but they need a mentor to sit in there to keep it open. Maybe when the kids get older I'll try to do it.

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