Most lathe tools seem to work best at the center line or a hair above. For my students, the first flirtation with a skew I keep them above the 2/3rds mark (if that makes sense). Being above center, actually pretty high, makes it less likely to catch and lets you learn some manuevers (sp?) without being a "scardy cat". Oh, sharp, sharp skew, light, light cuts.
God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.
I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.
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