Guys and gal (I've only noticed one woman on this site so far),
I need your help. I'm hooked on making brush handles. I made one a few weeks ago and it's incredibly good looking, feels great, and was a blast to make. The problem is, I had to drive an hour into the Santa Cruz mountains to work at a "friends" house (he answered my plea for help on Craigslist), and although he turned out to be a really great guy, I need my own lathe so I can work at night after my two little babes are asleep. I've been looking around for a lathe, I think I need a midi or mini, I couldn't tell the difference, but I can't find a decent looking tool for what I can afford to pay.
Does anyone have a lathe and some tools they want to sell for cheap (like 50 bucks). I'll pay shipping. Or If you want to trade me the lathe I'll make you two bitchin brush handles. I have access to some koa wood that I used to make mine.
Here's the handle I made next to my practice run on walnut. The ring is made of brass shavings.
P.S. My wife just saw that I was posting this and rolled her eyes and growled. Classic! Now she's going to sit down and watch the bachelor. Poor gal, she's already stuck with me.
I need help so I can continue with my new addiction.