"You don't just jump in and become an expert," Young said.
Wood turners tend to develop specialties.
Newbie Doug Kemp — he's been turning for about five years — likes to craft ink pens. Young makes small ornaments with finely detailed finials.
"Tom is the bowl master," Young said of Schottle.
Though all have purchased wood, Kemp has even ordering alabaster and olive wood from the Holy Land. Mostly, they prefer to scavenge for freebies in the woods.
Kemp made a beautifully grained pen using the root ball of a Juniper tree.
"We'll turn anything," he said. He's also made pens with Corian countertop material and from stacked tiles.
"I'll never use that again," he said of the tool-dulling tile experiment.
Young's wife, Lori, adds finishing touches to some of his ornaments by painting Christmas and winter scenes on them. Other wood pieces, from bowls to pens, require varnish or lacquer finishes.
Still, the process is faster than, say, a woodworker creating a piece of furniture.
"It's almost instant gratification," Schottle said.
Young can turn out spinning tops quickly and they seem to appeal to all ages.
His largest order was 300 tops, made as wedding favors for the daughter of a co-worker.
"There were little old ladies 90 years old playing with them," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.