I spent most of my working life in the paper manufacturing industry as a technician in the laboratory. When I retired at the age of 65 I took a 3 day beginners course in wood turning. I don't specialise in  any particular type of turning at the moment, trying anything from bought wood blanks to any kind of scrap wood I can find or get given.

 

Apple Bowl Sycamore Bowl
Apple from bought bowl blank Sycamore from felled tree
African Padouk Bowl Oak Bowl
African Padouk from bought bowl blank Oak, black as coal when found in a yard
Poplar natuarl edged bowl Cherry bowl/Norfolk Pine box
Poplar natural edge from tree blown over by the wind Cherry bowl and Norfolk Pine box
Zebrano bowl  
Zebrano from bowl bank