Advice for newer turners
I've been reading all the posts recently about Easy Tools versus regular gouges and basic bowl turning and waqnted to share my $.02.
In my humble opinion, there are a few things any newer turner can do to make turning more enjoyable.
First is to take several classes or attend free demos put on by local turning clubs. Having hands on experience with and input from people who have been doing this a long time is invaluable. This way you can "learn from others mistakes since you won't have time to make them all yourself". Craft Supplies USA in Utah offers awesome classes. I was fortunate in that my sweetheart gave me a 5 day beginner class for my birthday the year I started turning. I can't tell you how much my turning improved being able to spend 8 hours a day for 5 straight days in front of a lathe being instructed by 2 of the best turners in the world, Dale Nish and Paul Chilton. I know these classes aren't cheap, but you'll be so happy you went afterwards that you won't care.
Second is to get some cheap or free wood and practice, a lot! Those experienced turners you just learned from didn't get that good overnight, they've spent 100's of hours in front of the lathe. As to the cheap/free wood, those turning clubs are loaded with generous people willing to share some wood with newbies for cheap or free.
Third, buy good tools, learn how to sharpen them and sharpen often. Fighting a dull tool will increase frustration levels quickly. One turner I worked with said if you want to be a good turner, learn to be an excellent sharpener.
Fourth, be patient. Take your time. Step away from the bowl for a minute if you're not getting the result you want and take a deep breath.
Anyway, sorry for the long winded post and thanks for all the great inspiration.
That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...