After a sojourn of several months, I joined Philadelphia Woodworks as an official member. This involved most of a day’s course on table saw basics and safety. My first ‘solo’ turning was I this cherry platter from a dried bowl blank (6’’ diameter x 2” thickness). I sanded this to 600 on the lathe and finished with a coat of mineral oil. There are a few good things about this bowl/platter and lots of not-so-great things. When I turned the tenon off the bottom of the bowl, I really marred it. That process seems mystical and a bit scary to me. The other blemish is tool marks on the inside of the bowl that would not sand out for the life of me. All-in-all it’s an okay bowl — sitting in my living room now collecting change and other little trinkets.