This is what I got Nick for his birthday - a MasterCraft Mini Lathe.
He's always wanted one, and I was super curious. I found a used one on Craigslist for a decent deal, and the guy was going to give us tools and a free turning lesson!
Today we went out and bought some purpleheart to play with on his new lathe and here are the results!
Purple Heart is so hard to photograph - the color is so rich in person and the flash just washes it all out. Fresh cut purpleheart is actually a coffee brown - takes a few minutes of oxygen to turn it that vibrant purple color! Pretty cool!
They're destined to be orifice hook handles for my vintage spinning wheels - the top more traditional one is done by Nick, the bottom bigger one is done by me. Not bad for my first try on a lathe, ey?! I wanted to try out all the tools and techniques in my piece. It's so much more fun than I expected - and way addicting!! I've warned Nick that I may end up being out in the garage turning more than he will be - but hey, now I'll never have to buy a spinning tool ever again!