Curt, I actually turned my first ornament last week so I have an interest in what you have done here. I am assuming you cut the staved segments with a table saw and then glued them together. After that I guess you hollowed the bulb out? How thin did you get the staved bulb? On my first one I got it down to less than 1/8" pretty well except for one end which is closer to a 1/4".
I think this is attractive and opens all kind of possiblilities for new ornament ideas. Good work!
I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.