I was checking out the APT website today and ran across a video taken last weekend at the South Yorkshire Wood Fair over in the UK. Robin Wood (who wrote the book on turning bowls on the pole lathe) was up against a power-lathe turner named Mike. They started out at the same time. Mike finished a bit before Robin, mostly due to a catch that terminated his bowl a bit before he was ready. I'd wondered how fast a bowl could be done on a pole lathe. I've done a couple of my own, but they took an inordinate amount of time, probably due to Operator Error ;^)
They put the video up on YouTube...
who is now wondering when he can get back up to the cottage where the pole lathe lives and try some of that myself!