While slagging off at work I found this... This guy turns a spherical, lidded bowl in under five minutes, using a crazy looking homemade skew chisel. Never even turns the lathe off. Definitely not a safety how-to video.
I've seen another video somewhere with a turner using a similar homemade looking skew chisel. He is definitely skilled with it. And that hooked tool, looks like one the pole lathe turners use. Cool video! Thanks for sharing.
He is really good and I did not see anything unsafe to me. He did turn the lathe off about 3:20 to remove the top.
He has several videos and can use it like a spindle gouge for small coves which is almost impossible with a skew because of the width of the skew. He only uses the very tip for the smallest coves.
There is a US turned who also has a couple of video's using the tool. He made the tool and even sells them.
Im quite certain hes seen his fair share of catches over the years but to say its unsafe, Im not sure thats true. Hes OBVIOUSLY extremely talented with a skew. It takes untold hours of practice to get this good and Im certain he knows where those risky areas are. I dont think this was ever intended to be a "do it this way" video, just a place for him to show his awesome technique and I for one, certainly am in awe of turners like this.