I don't have much to contribute to this post, not being much of a turner yet, but I like what Darrell is doing on his blog, and how he's showing his thought process combined with the actual work done on the lathe.
Also I really liked how the project is turning out (and the Ash hollow form is just beautiful)
So I thought I'd point you at his blog...
The other posts in his series;
If you liked Darrell's posts, you will probably love his website http://www.aroundthewoods.com/