Chris Hightower (aka CueMan) is an absolute lathe master. The lathe has a lot of great small features, I really like the cross slide assembly...it is tight. Also the bed is 36" with a 12" extension. Lathe disassembles quickly for portability. Sorry we're not neighbors...would let you test drive...and teach me few things. Has a large bore chuck (1.4") I might try a basic walking cane. I'm currently setting up to core a ring. That'll be my first project with it. I did not get the instruction video it comes with as I told him I already had it...which I did not. I have other videos of his. My mistake.Oohhh. aahhh..., a Cuesmith - I'd love to play with that for a few small projects.