I got a lathe last year, and soon, the addiction hit hard. There's something incredible about the hands-on approach to shaping wood that makes you lose track of time fast. Like all skills, you need practice. But turning is immensely satisfying work; you can go from a straight block of wood to a finished project in just an hour or two. And crafting heirloom writing instruments is a great way to get started.
There's something incredible about watching a process from start to finish. The transformation from log to finished set of bowls is something already fun to see, but watching a Chinese craftsman do it on a foot powered lathe is something else completely.
To be filed in your "I Didn't Know This Was Possible" folder - you can turn a jawbreaker on a lathe with traditional woodworking skews and chisels.
Doing so highlights what's so fun about eating jawbreakers in the first place: the many laminiated layers of color, which slowly get revealed as the candy is removed.