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Lochlainn1066

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 03:16 AM

My 1/4 bowl gouge is my go-to tool for any turning I do, both face and spindle. You have everything you need to do bowls already.

And the secret is, as has been mentioned, sharpening. Learn how to put what is called an “Irish grind” or “Side grind” on it (it’s an even more swept back type of fingernail profile) and how to maintain it (there are multiple free jig plans available online, or you can buy a Wolverine) you will have everything you need.

Taking classes would help the most. I’m self taught, and the books that helped me most are Richard Raffan’s set of 3: “Turning Bowls”, “Turning Boxes”, and “Turning Basics”(iirc the title). Once I got a little more advanced “Ellsworthy on Turning” was a great help.

-- Nate, thegaragestudio.etsy.com


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