With apologies to Curt Fuller, I had to try turning a birdhouse. (We'll just say a little birdie showed me the pics of Curt's birdhouse on SMC. I'm not able to view pics there, but ve haf our vays of getting ze information.)
Red eucalyptus, about 18" tall and 10" around. The bottom has a friction fit tenon, so it's removable for cleaning. I've got a few coats of BLO on it (including one right before taking this pic), and once that cures I'll probably use something like Thompson's Water Seal (another Curt Fuller idea I'm stealing.) I also still need to add the hanging loop at the top. I turned it wet, and fully expect it to crack like a sun of a gun by the time it dries. Then it'll be "art".
I turned it to rough shape on a faceplate and live center, then used the steady rest to support the end while I hollowed it out. Then I turned a tenon above the ball and also the base plate (with another chuck-sized tenon) from the waste material attached to the faceplate. Once it was parted off the faceplate, I put the plug in the bottom and had tenons on both ends, so I could switch it around between the chuck and the live center in the tailstock as needed for the final shaping. In hindsight, I would have liked the ball end to be smaller, but this thing's heavy, and I didn't want to get the spire too thin.
Not as nice as Curt's, but it was a lot of fun, and LOML really likes it.
Aside from the fact that I'm a idea-stealin' dog, whaddaya think?