So I recently got my first lathe. I planned on getting it to build my snare drums with, but I think my woodworking horizon will be expanded since it's so freakin fun to turn other things. I made my own lathe tools, and up until now have only turned 2 handles. The bowl came out ok, but I did learn a few things. For instance, don't use the outer holes in the faceplate...I salvaged it by putting dowels in there, but I now know for next time. I also figured out how not to shape it so I can easily access the bottom. I sanded to 1500 and used tung oil and wax. Either way, I am pleased and it will make a nice gift for my moms birthday this weekend. All comments and criticism welcome!