Turners are the anarchists of woodworking. There's a million
and one ways to do just about anything and twenty different
gouges/chisels/special tools to do it with. You can work green
or work dry, make any damn shape you like in just about any
size and people will still go semi-nuts over it. You can turn
little (doll house vases, bowls, plates etc.) or BIG 3 foot diameter
stuff that starts out as a 500 pound chunk of wood. You can
turn symetric or really weird (google Escoulen). You can burn
the wood, grind on it, gouge it up, paint it, inlay it, hell, you
can gold leaf it. You can take scraps of wood, glue them together
and turn that. Few other forms of woodworking can start
with a piece of fire wood and turn it into a thing of beauty.
HOWEVER - the cost of turning only starts with the lathe.
There are chucks, drive centers, dead centers, live centers
stebb centers, tool rests in more shapes and configurations
than you can shake a stick at. Then there's the $200 - $1000
worth of gouges and chisels, another $200-$1000 in sharpening
stuff - and the list goes on and on and on and on . . .
THE LATHE is a hole in the corner of the shop that you throw
money into. They should GIVE you the lathe because they
know they'll make a small fortune on all the stuff you'll buy
Ya'll are in a heap of trouble now.