@Mellow Hudson Mike posted:
Why? Where I live we have plenty of people who can handle this sort of project. No investment in a lathe is necessary.
A good event near me with many such craftspeople present has been the local Maker Faire, held every July (except for the last two, due to the pandemic). Now I realize that most people might not have one of these near them but there are many traditional craft shows returning, re-opening in spite of the pandemic, with woodworkers attending if you're lucky.
Have you ever asked one of them to create a custom item for you? And these are very small items to be turning, they wouldn't be made on 3' long lathes.
It may be possible to find someone who is just learning how to use a lathe who may do it for the experience. Whether or not you end up with what you want is another issue.
Choo Choo Charlie had a great idea and you don't need a lathe. Drill press would work also. Some basswood and sandpaper.