One of my favourite parts of that BBC miniseries on Monastic farming life in Tudor England was where they looked at the wood-turning craft.
I kinda want to try it myself!
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Pole lathe turning is great fun, and very satisfying. I've just started doing a little bit as part of a coppicing/green wood working course I'm on; I made a pin for my shave horse and a handle for a new spoon knife blade.
There's plenty of videos on YouTube and Vimeo should anyone want to check out more examples and practitioners.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
I'm THIS CLOSE to ruling the world! Right after reading this tiny ad: