New member, new owner of an old lathe...
Good morning Troops, just thought I would barge in and make myself comfortable. Actually I surfed up this site while trying to find some info on tools for turning. I read a few post and decided to join in.
I live just south of Charlotte, NC near Rock Hill, SC or as its known around here Rock Hell. Try digging post holes or anything else and you will find out why. I used to be a Firefighter and a pretty good EMT until I blew a disk in my lower back. Two surgeries with no improvement and the City terminated me. It seems that they don't have any use for firefighters that can't do much more than show up for work. I figured if they were going to be like that I wouldn't bother telling them that thats about all they're getting out of half the current staff at the FD now.
What got me interested in turning is that I build custom fishing rods and make my own handles mostly cork, EVA foam and a few out of carbon fiber. I can do it on my power rod wrapper but it makes a mess that contaminates the epoxy finish on the rods. I bought a 1968 model lathe that needed rebuilding and since getting it finished I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to use it correctly.