It looks like a huge source of information and ideas. I am a Broadcast Engineer by trade but as spend as much time as possible turning. I do a lot of bowls and pens, not much big spindle work. I do both wood and synthetic pens, I am not sure that I have a favorite, both are great. I think 2 main things draw me to pen turning. 1 is the fact that is short amount of time you can have a finished product and 2 is that you can find a pen to make for anyone and everyone, something that "fits" them. I have 2 machines, a Jet 1224 VS and a Nova XP.