Re: A question
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Barry Irby
Mine are not nearly as nice as Keith's, but I hold mine by starting with a blank that is maybe 3/4" square and five or six inches long. I grind a "Morse" taper on one end with a belt or disk sander and then drive it into the shaft of the lathe and then bring up the tail stock to support it. This way, the shaft of the lathe is not in the way as a chuck would be and I can leave the tail stock in place until the last minute. I use one of the ball bearing centers with the cup and small pin in the tail stock. Also, you can flex the piece a bit to get near perfect centering on the outboard end.

I don't have any fancy tools. Most of mine are done with a bowl gouge and refined with a 1/2" skew. It might help if I drew them out first.

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