Here are three more candlesticks I made today, using dogwood that was on sale at LV, and the candlestick I am going to make tomorrow. Notice that all the sockets are perfectly centred, because I followed the advice I got here about centering the sockets. The dogwood turns to a smooth finish, but is almost as hard as maple, and whacks my tools.
The candlestick on the right is a mistake, from taking too much wood off the blocks while knocking off the corners. I'm going to glue it to a plate of some kind and use it at Christmas. The other three I am sending to a friend of mine in Hamburg, for her birthday. She is Muslim, so I don't think she'll use them at Christmas, although you never know.
I used my roughing gouge (obviously,) my spindle gouge (for shaping,) my flat scraper (for taking off bumps and irregularities,) and the 1" skew (for further smoothing.) I finished with 220 and 320 sandpaper, and they will be coated with clear lacquer. The dogwood has subtle colouration, and will look good au naturel.
With practice, I am getting quite confident with the skew. I only got one small catch today, and actually made a bigger mistake with the spindle gouge, which left me with a spiral gouge to clean up.