Well, practice makes perfect, right? And I'm trying. In the photo, the upper piece of wood (probably pine, maybe spruce) was the piece I cut off after making some beads that looked like something the dog chewed. The lower right piece is my second try, and those beads are a little smoother, except for the two on the left, which I cut experimentally with my skew. Need to work on that. The piece on the lower right represents my attempt to cut beads with a Benjamin's Best beading tool. I tried cutting in with the parting tool first (far left) then presenting the tool like a spindle tool, from the top; the far right shows where I tried to present the tool like a spindle tool, without cutting in; and the middle is where I tried to present the tool like a scraper, from the bottom, causing the spindle to snap and hit my face mask. I'm not sure I like the beading tool.
The second picture is my tool rack, salvaged from the kitchen. It has eleven tools, and room for more.