We finally got our schedules together. My wife and I got him a "Christmas gift" for a penturning class at our local Woodcraft store. Only took 10 months to get together. He turned one blank yesterday and found it had worm holes. When he got down so far, we could see the tube. The wood let go and we had a piece of scrap. Next, he wanted to turn something so he turned a hanging ornament. He finished it and we set it aside to dry. Then he asked if he could turn a bowl. I haven't even turned a bowl!!! I don't even own a bowl gouge. I do have a good chuck and Cole jaws so I might try for myself to turn a shallow platter for practice. Since he is so interested in turning, I might skip a drink and get him a beginner turning class at WC. He is 10. Will talk with the folks at WC and get their input. I have lots of hardwood scrap that he can practice on when he is visiting.