I made this turned bowl and apple at Techshop, San Francisco using the wood lathe.

The bowl is cherry.  The apple is soft maple with a walnut stalk, which I also turned.  The best way to learn to make either is to take a class and then search for turning videos on youtube.  The cuts for making a bowl are quite hard to understand without being shown hands-on.

Both pieces were polished up to 600 grit and then finished with butchers block finish (some mix of mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax).

To photograph them, I used available light from a window, black IKEA table and a Nikon D3100 set on manual mode with 35mm lens. The black background and light wood meant that normal metering didn't work well.
Beautiful work! What did you use for the stem?
It's walnut. I just take a cornet of a lock of walnut and, using a knife, split off a little sliver. Then sand it with 80-grit to shape and glue in place.
Absolutely gorgeous! I really need to take some of the woodworking classes at Techshop. :)

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