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#1 posted 01-04-2013 02:28 AM

You need to sharpen them a bit more often than Sorbys, but I have been pleased with the Benjamin’s Best tools from Penn State. Great for beginning, and cheap enough that you don’t feel bad experimenting with different grinds. (btw, i think that the Ben. Best are identical to the Bodger tools sold by Highland.)

With regards to the grinds, I have found that I end up using a couple of different gouges with different grinds on them depending on the shape/angle of attack of the bowl

Ditto on getting a book/dvd. Turning bowls can be a bit dangerous and there are several important differences between turning a bowl and turning between centers.

I don’t know if you have some kind of sharpening jig, but there are several different plans for “homemade wolverine jigs” on this site.

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