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Well, Dave. I haven’t used a true lathe, but the job is not made by hand, since I’ve used a poor man’s version made with a drill mounted on a horizontal stand. You can see it in the pictures.
For rough rounding I used a “turning gouge” made from a piece of hss steel. For final rounding I used sandpaper in a dowel. Working very carefully, very slowly and with lots of patience, this was the result.