First off John I started turning pine because it is available to me at times. When I started ,couldn't justify paying for wood they sell for turning and not know what was going to be the end result.I glued up 2x stock cut a circle and away we go. With logs like in the picture, your right, there is a lot of debris flying over my right shoulder. Untill you get the piece debarked it is a bit messy. Alternative to this is to draw a circle on the piece that is standing vertically, cut on bandsaw. For small turnings this is the way to do it. John, if you never turned pine I think your in for a pleasant surprise. You can turn some very nice pieces and put super looking finishes on it.I've seen your work,so I know you would put a great finish to it.U need sharp tools of course, and pay attention to your speed. Turn fast as is safe for the particular piece your turning.Wear old clothes and a hat.One thing you might not like is, if you start turning you need to finish in one turning. On small pieces this is no problem. I always apply sanding sealer or white shellac if I don't finish. Next day just start turning all over againOne thing I recently realized when turning wet and debarking pine, using your roughing gouge ,turn it to the right as much as you can and the chips fall towards the floor and not towards your shoulder. I fail to see where this turning is much sloppier than any hardwood. You need to like the look of pine if your going to turn wet pine. I like pine and made furniture for years with it so, I will put up with a few bad things about turning pine. You mentioned pitch flying everplace, it does some but mostly on you and if your dressed for turning it is not too bad. If it wasn't for pine I wouldn't be half as far as I am as a turner, because I wouldn't be able to afford expensive woods to practice on. I am not saying I am very far as a turner but You know what I'm saying.
Cut a small hunk and turn it John, I would love to see what you would do with it. Mitch