One of the goals of The Plumier Foundation is to introduce ornamental turning to a new generation of talented craftsmen. The practitioners of ornamental turning have always been few, and the average age of these ornamental turners is quite high, and too few young people are replacing them. One of the barriers to entry in ornamental turning has always been the cost of the equipment required. While that cost is not insurmountable, it is quite daunting for the average young craftsperson. The dual challenges of cost and learning how to select appropriate equipment set the bar for entry to ornamental turning beyond reach for many.
To address this, The Plumier Foundation has developed its 3 Month Internship Program. The intern will work in the shop alongside Plumier staff and volunteers, and keep the products of their labor. The staff will assist the intern in learning set ups and operations on various tools and machines, and then provide guidance with specific projects. The first projects will be chosen from a list intended to teach proper set ups and operation of Plumier’s equipment. In time, the intern will be encouraged to take on projects of their own creation with coaching and assistance from the staff.
Note: All tax liabilities incurred by the recipient from the internship stipend are the recipient’s responsibility. Recipients are encouraged to consult an accountant regarding how best to handle the tax implications of the stipend for their individual tax situations.