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Advice on bowl gouge

I need some advice on a bowl gouge. If you could have one gouge, what size would you get? 3/8, 1/2, ? Another size?

I know this is almost too general to answer, but I'm not sure I'll really have enough time to justify a set of several. I already have some roughing gouges, parting tools, etc.

Any other suggestions? Specific tools, type of metal?

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I did a survey of a lot of turners and the most popular size is a 1/2" bowl gouge measured by American standards. The European gouges are measured by flute size, so a 3/8" English gouge is the same size as a 1/2" American.
My personal favorite is the Thompson 1/2" V shaped bowl gouge. They come unhandled but it's easy enough to either make your own or he gives sources for buying ready made handles.
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I like both a 1/2" and a 5/8" but if I had to choose just one, it would be the 5/8" --- I like heft.

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Hi John,
I too like a 1/2" gouge like JD. It is big enough to rough out a bowl, but still be able to do some smaller details. It also depends what size bowls you are planning on turning. If everything you are doing is less than 8", you could easily do those with a 3/8" gouge.
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Thanks,guys. I think I'll go with the 1/2 inch. I'd like to turn a little larger than 8", but about 10 or so would be maximum due to the size of my lathe. I did look at some of the Thompson tools online today.

I'm also trying my hand at making a gouge, but that's another project.

Any other suggestions or thoughts would be welcome.

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