For info, the handle on the lathe [pre sanding] is being held 'centre to centre', I have made a tenon on the left to be held in my chuck, this leaves the right hand end free for drilling, in the case of lathe drilling, the drill is held still and the wood rotates, the tenon on the right is for the brass ferrel which must be fixed on before the tool is tightly fixed to give strength. geeky !!!
An improved version of my secret candle holders made from a piece of Brazilian jatoba that that came into my possession, one half has a tenon that fits into the other, and treated with boiled linseed oil and beeswax..
I found a piece of wood in a local DIY charity box 4x4" x a metre long, cut it in lengths and rounded off for goblets but notice a Youtube vid on tea light holders, so I will make around 24 of them as they have proved popular with relatives.. I think it was one of those timbers used for putting under sheeting for fork lift use, will look again for them, not sure what wood but not pine, they turn like beech which is great for turning but no real grain hence staining them..
This is from our log pile, i was attracted to it because of its deformations, it has obviously had some trauma during its life, I bought it into the shed, picked it up and put it back down over several weeks unable to decide what to do with it, it has been on the lathe 5 times, twice without touching it as I couldn't get it balanced and was dangerous as it was so hard I had to have it spinning very fast in order to take any wood off it. Anyway i couldn't round it off at the back as this would have taken off all the deformations at the front so have hand sanded it down by hand and have managed to hollow out using face mask and face shield on for safety, Well the result is a character vase, for all its faults for me its beautiful.. If it is oak it is the hardest oak I have ever encountered,