I jumped right in as well ruining about 4' of a 4X4. It was fun. I did manage to get a couple little spin tops (can you still call them that if they dont spin?) and a weed vase. then I ruined 4 sticks of maple 5/4X5/4X12" well not ruined, but learned some stuff i guess. I love doing bowls and platters! I bought a chainsaw last week, One of my customers is a tree cutting service and he looks out for me and calls me up when he takes down stuff that I would like. the only problem is, is that everything he gives me is large and wet! I need to spend some more time researching slicing these logs up so I can use them. I hate buying blanks from $$woodcraft$$!!! I bought my lathe back in February and have turned some decent things thus far, but nothing I would put on display in a show.
Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!