Probably the most time consuming part of this project. The idea of this is to take the piece of wood and keep chiseling the wood away until it's round. To do this first you need to put your wood in your lathe and start it up, remembering to start off at a slow speed and constantly turning the wheel to hold the wood better so you wont chip the wood. Now using your gouge slowly move up and down the lathe until it is almost perfectly round. don't forget to constantly check the check the diameter of the wood using your Caliper. Your goal diameter is about 2in so you have a lot of extra wood to work with. like I said this is probably the most time consuming part and the most boring but stick with it.