Welcome Jack to the turning side of wood. Great start with a great lathe. I have the Nova DVR XP. I think the 1624 is a excellent lathe for the money. Looks like you got a good start turning. I remember my first were just about like yours and as my granddad always told me you gotta start from scratch sometime. I saved my first turning, my first bowl, first lidded box, etc. just so I could look back at where I started. Shop looks good Jack.
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