So today while cleaning I stumbled upon the lathe I bought 5+ years ago, and decided to set it up on the bench and try it out. I have never turned before, and seeing all the stuff you guy make I thought I would try it out. I went over to the stack of firewood I have next to the shop and grabbed the straightest piece I saw. It was a 6” piece of cherry about 15” long. I put it on the centers and this is what I ended up with. I tured it up and started whittling away at it. The handle started to form and it just developed from there. I call it the “ought not”. My father had many things he called “ought not” because you ought not mess around when he had one in his hand. I think it turned out well for my first time. I think I am hooked on turning. I love the fact that I can just grab a hunk of wood and have at it and it is a lot quieter than using the larger tools in the shop. I am using an older C-man lathe with a 1/2hp motor. It has a step pulley to control the speed. I am already thinking of giving it more power. I wondered how much is enough. I have a 1hp, 1 1/2hp, 2hp, and 5hp motor sitting on the shelve. Decisions decisions which to pick. let me know what you think.