Ok, here is my first turning... ok, you can laugh if you want to. This was a 6 inch long piece of cherry that I chucked up (thanks John) and I first attempted to make a dowel of sorts between the end. Not to be though. I started with the cheap Carbon Steel gouge that came with my set. They just chewed up the wood badly. So, then I decided to get out the big HSS tools and took up the big roughing gouge, I could then get it round but a straight dowell was no longer a possibility. Just started to get the feel of turning down the wood etc. was able to make a straight section in the middle. I am keeping it to show how bad I was in the beginning! Next time will go better, learned a little about the speed settings etc. I know I don't know what the heck to do with the skew chisel. I couldn't make it do anything but dig holes! I have the Wolverine Jigs on the way and the slow speed grinder so I should be able to sharped the tools up decently.