Completed my first project. A simple paper towel holder. Considering that I have no idea what I’m doing with the tools, it turned out well. Not sure on the wood, but I think it could be ash. I started with a blank similar to a bowl blank for the base. Attached it to face plate and used a carbide tipped rougher to get it round and smooth. I thought it could be smoother, but couldn’t get it there. So used sand paper to smooth and shape it a small amount.
For the rod I cut a piece square and roughed and smoothed it with the carbide rougher. Had a few catches and other bad spots on it. Overall it was ok. Will need to work on smoothing the final shape. Looking forward to the class next week at woodcraft.