Another thing to think about is the drying times. I watched a TV show "How It's made" and they said it gets rough turned dried a few months turned and dried again before the final turning. It was done this way to ensure that the sticks were and stayed straight.
The vibration and degree of difficulty is what has kept me away from it for the time being.
Seeing that I have been playing pool for in tournaments, leagues and for financial gain in pool halls for about 30 years. A nicely balanced straight stick is preferred. I like the new design Cuetec 360 sticks. The shaft is 3 pieces laminated together length wise instead of a solid piece.