Shaping wood on a lathe is invigorating, messy, and lots of fun. The sound that sharp tools make as they slice off long shavings is addicting. I've spent the past decade continually improving my process and forms, allowing me to make some very fine salad bowls at an affordable price. Once dry, I sand smooth and finish with walnut oil. This protects the wood and reveals the history of the tree. It's very satisfying to know my bowls, rolling pins, tea boxes, and tops will still be in use many years from now.