Good job TC,
you're off to a good start. One thing I would mention is to not depend totally on the easiwood tools. Learn to use some of the classic lathe tools. You can do almost anything with a good bowl gouge. The EW tools have their place, but they don't take the place of the traditional tools. Keep it up, you'll be building more shelves to put your finish pieces on.
Thanks for the encouragement, Mike.
...I agree with you. I need to understand and learn more about the traditional tools and I will hone my skills further with the bowl gouge and other tools.
I bought a nice Sorby 3/8" bowl gouge in the beginning to go along with the classic skews and spindle tools that came with the donated lathe.
I sharpened and read and watched tutorials but I just couldn't see or feel what the cutting edge was doing and boom! another catch....
I was getting "digger fright" as someone called it. I was so scared of catches and diggers that I couldn't relax and enjoy the process.
My arms and shoulders were so tense, I had no "feel" and I would be sore after only a short time at the lathe.
I decided to try the EZWood and this was the first time I was able to "feel" the cuts.
I have had my first taste of the joy that comes from working with a tool that I have complete confidence in.
It's that confidence that you folks have from lots of practice and a thorough knowledge of how the tools work.
But I promise I will make time to practice with the traditional tools, too.
Thanks again...... as always.