So I took Tom Walden's lathe duplicator class in St Louis. Fun class, but too little time to play. He had 8 lathes set up, each with a pattern that creates items like vases, goblet, table pedestal etc. We had 8 lathes, but 14 people signed up for the class, and 4 hours to rotate among each of the lathes. Needless to say, I didn't get around to all of the lathes, but I got a "taste" of duplicating on a lathe.
Pretty darn clever. This is different from the FREE HAND lathe classes offered at the IGMA Guild school.
See the vase at left? That's what that pattern created.
Turning on a lathe is a lot of fun! Tom didn't even bother to clamp any of the lathes to the table, and there really was not much issue in vibration and the lathes moving off the table. You will generate a lot of sawdust, so be prepared to vacuum.
It takes a bit of practice to get used to the movement of the cutter in relation to the brass template, but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. Easier than free hand turning in my opinion.
My recommendation? Take the class if you ever get a chance.