Scaled-down photos make handy turning reference
When turning, I typically only use a single photo or drawing as a guide. But dragging a book into a dusty shop and trying to keep it open and supported near the lathe just doesn't work. Instead, try this trick: Use a photocopier to shrink or enlarge images of your favorite vessel shapes to roughly 5x6". Then, cut 5x7" pieces of 1⁄8 " plywood, drill holes on adjacent edges (where shown), and use spray adhesive to adhere the images to the plywood. Hang the images vertically. After selecting a shape, hang the image horizontally behind the lathe to view it in the on-lathe orientation.