O' boy and me thought hand tools were addicting. So the management suggested that I buy a lathe; mind you, she has never suggested a tool purchase and I have never used a lathe. Figuring I would strike when the iron was hot and never turning (no pun) away from an offer for a tool, I read as much as could about lathes in the past three weeks. Yesterday and finally purchased one; I know Stu no pictures it didn't happen. While I was given a budget I think I did ok, Nova 16/44 and some accoutrements. Remember I have never turned anything in my life so after I set it up I chucked up a scrap of 10/4 maple that I cut into a 12" blank.
I must have horsed around for a half hour getting it round and making an attempt at beads and coves. All I can say is I now understand the enthusiasm that turners have towards their hobby. I also understand the frustration from amateur turners like myself.
I have a lot to learn for sure, but what gratification to have something take shape so quickly! By the way while I will try to keep them to a minimum, please prepare yourself for uninformed novice questions