Just figured I'd show you all what $20 will buy for turning wood at the woodlot I visited in Pasadena last weekend.
That's a piece of camphor up front, two pieces of sycamore on the left, and two pieces of liquid amber on the right. There was another chunk of camphor, but it got turned before I took the pic. (One of the liquid amber chunks just came out of the DNA tonight as a 18" x 13" NE bowl. Looks promising.)
The backside of all these pieces should net a few more NE bowls.
And just to show I got the new toy dirty a bit, here's a pic I took for Jeff Bowers, who asked if I had local wood needing a 24" bar.
I suspect next time I show up at the woodlot -- with a bowl in hand to give the owner -- I'll get more than this for my $20.
And here's a pic of the saw buck I made based on Richard Stapley's design at http://www.laymar-crafts.co.uk/tip33.htm. At 24" x 16", mine's a bit taller than his version (less bending) and I can use it on its side for bigger pieces. Works like a champ. It's very stable, and can support a lot of weight. (I had about 5 of these blanks stacked on it while I was sealing them.) Still, it's light enough for me to easily move one-handed.
I'm doing a show in Brentwood this April, and I sure better sell some stuff. I'm running out of room in the house for all the turned pieces, and the big ones are gonna take up even more room.