I don’t see how you can get a better introduction to the basic bowl turning process than this recent video by Richard Raffan. The shots in this video are great because you get clear and close-up views of each technique. To make it even more appealing, he shows that the turning can be done easily on a mini/midi lathe which is what many folks have or started on. If you haven’t seen this two part video then you should take a look regardless of your skill level – it reminds me of being in a live workshop with Richard. I’d also recommend paying close attention to the quality chucks he uses and perhaps investigate them even further at the Vicmarc site. It seems to me that you can turn just about anything you’d like with the three that he uses in this video.