Just want some company on this journey. I've had a 4' long Laburnum log floating around for 5 or 6 years now, came down in our back yard and I got hubby to cut the trunk to size, sealed the ends and have just shuttled it from one place to another in the wood pile all these years. Finally cut it into blanks two weeks ago, and put the first one on the lathe today. The flat spot just the other side of the tailstock is where I cut off a burl with golf-club-shaped birdseye in it, which I'm hoping a pen turner might be able to use. I'm hoping the next bowl will be natural edge, to take advantage of the striking black edge on these pieces. The heartwood is dark chocolate brown, other tones run from a yellow-cast to the black, and that pinkish layer in between. Common name is Golden Chain Tree. As first mounted on lathe: After a little work -- having figured out what speed I could go at. Started at level 1, then 2, hard to turn air at #2. As soon as I could, I went to 3. Then had to come in for dinner. Back to it in a little while.