I started woodturning over 40 years ago with a little Black & Decker lathe modified with an electric motor, it was designed originally to be powered by an electric drill. I happened to mention one day to a work colleague about how I would like to have a go at woodturning when he said he had this little lathe and some Box wood I could have for £15.00, I agreed and had the lathe the next day and never stopped messing with it.
I decided now that I had enough interest to buy a larger lathe and since then have bought another one that I still use to this day. Wooden Box from Laburnum. My main interest is makings things from exotic kiln dried timber.
I buy all my wood and tools from Yandles of Martock in Somerset.
I don't now turn anything above 12 inches in diameter as I haven't the room I used to have since moving house to Bere Regis.
Small items are my favourite such as pens and lidded pots as they are always more of a challenge.
I usually produce small items within a couple of days, ideal for that last minute gift.
After roughly sanding I then apply a sanding sealer to the complete item. The sealer soon dries and then I keep sanding using finer grades of sandpaper until I get the required nice smooth