I think anyone would suggest you loose the gloves. We all use our fingers to feel how the work is, hot, smooth, otherwise. Besides, gloves can get grabbed by the machine and take the hand where it shouldn't go.
Not only take a hand where it shouldn’t go, it can take a much larger chunk out the rest of you. Same goes for any loose clothing or long hair. We really want you to become good at everything your lathe has to offer and stay safe when doing so.
Using the compound to turn a taper with the spindle in reverse.
If you rotate the compound to turn a taper on the frontside you have to reach over the machine to turn the handle from the back, this is unpleasant at best.
This is excellent Machine Shop practice, this is the only method that I use when manually turning a taper.
In order to save time and tool changes use a right hand boring bar on the back with the spindle in reverse.
That sounds like a good idea, but I'm not sure how it could be accomplished with my lathe. The
surface where the chuck seats on the spindle is just a little proud of the face of the headstock,
so nothing to clamp to. I would have to be something inside the spindle that locked to the chuck
and spindle ID.