Thanks to all of you who have answered my posts.
I thought I'd share my journey so you can get a laugh and maybe give me some more pointers.
First off lets look at the shop and the equipment we're using.
I say "we" because I'm doing this with my good friend, Billy.
Neither one of us has ever done anything like this before.
So this is what we refer to as "hill-billys shop class"
The two most important tools for turning bowls are a band saw and the lathe.
First the band saw
Our fist discussions were geared towards trying to be "green" and not drain the grid any more than necessary. So Billy came up with the idea of converting a treadle sewing machine into a band saw
That quickly got ruled out when we actually "fired up" the tradle and realized you need to be coordinated to do this.
So Bill donated this for our first upgrade
....and of course it has a brand name
A new blade, some tweaking here and there and it worked like a champ
So, I'll be back later with pic's of the lathe......