Well, this was my morning today:
Four attempts, zero pens. I know cedar is probably too temperamental for turning, but the others?
Thank you Pat, for showing me that carbide tools have bevels and how to angle them when cutting, and to @richmeyer for introducing me to the metal lathes. That would be a very cool next step.
I think some of the blanks might be green, so now I’m trying the toaster oven/scale method of drying out wood for the future.
If anyone knows how to recover the tubes, please let me know.