Thanks everyone for ideas, tips etc. I didn't even realize this thread continued ! I have some broad grained ash and just well figured ash that measures a tad under 1" and I'm going to give that a try as soon as I get a mandrel in. I have cherry and maple of about the same thickness. No burl though to speak of. I've been turning candle sticks, have done them straight up and with glue ups. I'm getting sharpening down pretty well now ( I've sharpened tools of various sorts for decades so it comes pretty naturally to me). I've really taken to the skew, of which I have two sizes in HHS. My fault that I'm finding to be my greatest fault is not stopping and resparpening soon enough. As a rookie I'm learning quickly that just sharp isn't sharp enough, especially on smaller work.
With that in mind, do you guys have a favorite gouge, scraper or skew that you use for reel seats ? I know that's a loaded question, like what's your favorite ice cream !! But thinking in a generic sense ( size matters type thing and obviously keep them sharp what ever you use). Does anyone use carbide ? I'm sure I'll feel my way along but it's good to know when you're on the right track.
Next up, is turning speed. I assume with these small diameters you must spin them up fairly fast ? I found in doing end grain on these candle holders that was a big factor in cutting the end pocket for the candle to sit in.
I have not tried CA finish yet. Mostly mixing oils and shellac or using lacquer or water based poly so far. All has turned out quite well. I've turned on the finish on the lathe , burnishing and polishing with paper towels. My favorite finish for the candle holders is walnut oil and shellac which I know will betoo fragile for a reel seat concerning water contact when the rod is built ( IE in use)..
You guys probably figured I died here, sorry about that !! Been busy, lot's of prep stuff for my daughters up coming wedding in Aug.