Because of all the customized work we do building those boats at work, we often have to make our own tools..lathe included. Its pretty easy. Just have some shim stock available, some wild and crazy "outside the box" ideas and you can make almost any tool. Its really easy on the lathe because its the part that does all the turning, the fixture stays...well mostly fixed.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"