Tony, would you mind taking a picture of you next to your lathe? Cut off at the shoulders is fine. Not clear what you're saying. From this description my lathe should be at least a foot higher. No wonder my back hurts when I turn. And I sit whenever possibleFor bowl turning, which I do almost exclusively. I found that my ideal height for the centerline is with me standing with my head slightly tilted giving me a relaxing view into the center of the bowl where the most critical activity takes place. This is opposed to standing and bending.