After I finished making two purpleheart candlesticks for my daughter, there was still some light left in the sky, so I slapped an 8" pine bowl blank on a face plate, and successfully carved the outside of the blank into the shape I had in my mind. I've cut a tenon n the bottom so tomorrow I can hollow it out, and if it doesn't explode on me as projects have in the past, I'll have something to show you tomorrow. Or maybe Monday, as I have to deal with an event at church tomorrow afternoon. If you haven't done it, it is fun to watch the shavings flying away from the tool as the workpiece morphs into the shape you are looking for. I've a bloody scrape on my little finger that I don't even remember getting, I was having so much fun.
I owe a considerable debt to those of you who have helped me with advice over the months, and that debt will continue to build, I am sure. I should be taking a course, but there are n't any around, and I know there would be no teaching on youtube or on this forum that would be like, "NO, you idiot! That's not how I told you to hold the tool!"
I love the act that my tools are throwing shavings, not dust, and those shavings are coming off HOT. Must be doing something right. With a little work I think I can build a rainproof enclave for my lathe, to allow me to continue on in spite or hail or hurricane.