Well the wife said that she loves seeing me smile and after the past few days of a little frustration over the dull tool issue she asked me why i didn't get the sharpening system so I went to LV and well it was her fault for saying ok. She has asked what i want for Christmas ( like I don't already have the only gift I want) and Alex mentioned about the buffing system to really finish off the turning so it was mentioned.
So I spent a couple of hrs sharpening the tools tonight and wow what a difference. I had to throw the second chunk of the alder on the lathe and played with every tool. Even back in high school I never experienced tools this sharp before. Well here is the result of my playing tonight, Lots of big curlies.. I was a little disapointed about the chip as I was pushing my comfort zone with getting a thin wall without it blowing up, but it does add a little character ( didn't see it till I stopped the lathe). Oh no sanding at all and it is really smooth.
Just like a little kid I was looking around to see what else I could turn. Then I remembered when I bought the tools a few years ago the fellow threw in some unfinished projects for me to play with when I got my lathe. I have a pre turned Arbutus bowl and an oak bowl I think there is some Yew wood and I am not sure of the rest. Still I don't want to touch them till I am a bit better at this.