While on a boring 3 1/2 hour ride in the VA van back from the VA hospital, I got to talking with the guy sitting next to me. He discovered I do turning and I discovered he is an avid fly fisherman. At one point, he asked me what a good lathe would be for him to buy. The impossible question. I asked him what he planned to turn, he said "cork". I nebber wooda guessed cork. He wants to make his own fly rod handles. Seems reasonable. I recommended Grizzly or Jet mini or midi. He is already a Griz fan and several other guys in the van chimed in with their unbounded admiration for Grizzly tools.
Enneyhow...I got to thinking about how cork would be as a turning material. My guess is not very good. But, still he wants to do it and material is sold for doing this.
Since the material is so soft, I'm thinking high speed, spindle gouge or bull nose and a light touch, final shaping with sandpaper.
What say the jury?
"Folks is funny critters."
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire