I now have a much better lathe for use at my leisure, so I had to turn a bowl to try it out. After a 6 hour round trip drive yesterday to pick it up, I made it back to the shop and promptly began making the wood shavings fly. The variable speed controller, combined with the stability of the over #300 machine, made for an awesome experience. This wild cherry bowl took shape quickly, now it will sit for a few days to dry before I complete the final sanding and apply a finish.
Today I am heading back to the shop to see what will unfold. Maybe some walnut, more cherry, or spalted sweet gum is in the cards. I won’t know until the wood speaks to me 🙂