Now that I have been doing this for a few years I guess I am less afraid of it but those expensive 1/16" tapered bits are a little daunting. I'm not sure I would ever carve anything that small with enough depth to actually utilize all that cutting edge either. But I have 2 of them 'just in case'! Thanks for sharing!
i've been turning 1.375 pocket watches with a 1.00 carving in them using a .032/,1/32 bit. haven't broken one yet but it is scary to watch. Touching off at the top of the material is iffy. i just use a piece of paper to gauge the surface. i'm running at 20 inches min. i'm going to drop down to a .750 dia carving for ladies pendent watches and see how that goes. Dan up in northern Maine.