Seems like I got plenty of turning wood these days. I had the day off today and when I was taking the dogs for a walk down by the canal I spied several chunks of Acacia that had been recently cut up by landscapers. Not that I was lookin for any more wood, but Acacia is pretty sweet; very stable, turns easy and looks good..so I went back with my truck and got it. Then I was itchin to turn some. I trimmed and mounted the smallest piece on my mini and had at it. The piece is 9.5"x18. Other that stalling out if I pushed too hard, it did fine. My home brew rougher made it a lot easier. The cutter is a HSS cutter from a tablesaw molding head on 3/4" bar stock, It works great for getting the bark off and getting it round, then I used my bootleg easy rougher (the one in the middle of the three tool pic). The hollowing tool on the left was made by an old turner I met recently who loves to make tools, It's taken my hollowform stuff to a new level. As it is configured now you cant get it through a very small hole, maybe 1 1/4" but I like having the ability to articulate the cutter. And the other tool is a straight toothpick type tool with a 3/16 cutter in 1/2" stock, It works great for mean stuff like ironwood.
I aint gonna try and hollow the piece on my mini, It will be enough of a chore on the 1642 at work,in fact, I might have to make another tool for that operation. Well, I've rambled all over the place....It was a wood truning day.