Thanks Guys, I'll keep trying.
That's beautiful! That's what I want to do, take a chunk of wood and release its inner beauty. And yes, I too almost said the H*** with it all yesterday when I broke the foot off the piece I had held in a chuck when I had a catch. If you've seen any of my other posts you'll see I using scrap firewood, so nothing was lost.
About scrapers, I have a couple of rounded scrapers. I was reserving their use to smoothing the surface of the inside a bowl when nearly finished. I thought using it to rough out the inside was considered "cheating". I'll give it a try though.