I have had a lathe for many years but struggled with turning wood because I did not know what I was doing. So I finally took a class at Woodcraft on beginning wood turning about two months ago. It was great. I also have read books by Mike Darlow and Richard Raffan and watched videos from Raffan. I still don't know what I'm doing but I am having fun trying. My wife keeps buying more bowl blanks and I keep turning. I have given several away as wedding presents, house warming gifts and thank you gifts. The list of Christmas presents keeps growing. I have also made some improvements on my 1950's era lathe. I upgraded to a 1 HP motor, and added a tachometer so I don't have to guess at the turning speed.