You've got to see this to believe it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEibt31OlCA
Video from Romania, featuring an outside pole lathe and an unbelievably skilled old man who makes a wooden canteen the old fashioned way. This guy is right on the money with every swing of his hatchet, and pretty good with a saw too! The lathe is old and rickety, but he can make it work! I guess if you have next to nothing, you'll learn to use what you have. This will inspire you and make you grateful for what you have!