Well, it’s finally happened—I can walk up to the lathe and not feel like a total stranger. Had a mission to make a wine stopper for a friend in Eastern Washington as a thank-you present, put the finish on it today. Then I free-hand sharpened a couple of tools (free-hand! wheeee) and proceeded to practice a little hollowing in endgrain and working with the skew. Actually succeeded in using the skew left-handed. OMG! never thought it would work.
Picked up a set of Rockwell HSS tools from the mid-1960’s on Craigslist, thinking I might use the larger gouge. But what turned out to be a big treat was a spear-point tool. It used to be one of the basic tools in beginners kits, and it is a fun tool to use. Cuts beads and grooves, shear scrapes and other stuff I haven’t learned yet. Really fun. The skews are nicely balanced, perfect bevel and angle, and cut like a dream. The gouges are a big tough, because they’re very shallow and have an aggressive bevel, not quite ready for that yet. Also picked up a pyramid tool from a turner’s estate sale last weekend, it’s a sweetie! Oh, and a square Sorbey scraper, and a few nice pieces of wood.
Stopper still on mandrel, spalted alder. Not perfect, but I like it.
-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)