I’m getting a bit better – mostly, I think, due to the fact that a lot more care was taken in drilling out the hole for the bolt used to secure it to the chuck of the horizontally mounted drill (hurrah for reasonable priced drill presses).
And yes, I’m still making simulated brush handles. They are a convenient size to work with, and are something I can easily relate to.
Personally I’m having great fun doing this. it is very satisfying to take a piece of wastewood from the kindling pile and in the span of half an hour turn it into something. Watching a thing take shape is quite rewarding, and while I can’t see myself turning wood for a living I can see myself making shaving brush handles and other odds and ends as a hobby.