attempting first bowl -- think I need help
I decided to try turning a bowl, so I went on eBay and bought a face-plate and a 1/2" bowl gouge (Benjamin's Best). Then made a jig to help get a 'fingernail' grind on the gouge with my grinder, and began to get excited.
I attached a 4" x 4" x 3" block of orange osage to the faceplate with some screws, picked up my roughing gouge, and started the lathe.
The problem is that only two out of four corners are behaving okay, with the gouge slicing across the grain nicely. The other two corners are causing trouble -- the gouge is catching the end grain and tearing long strips off the side of the block.
It seems to be caused by the fact that the grain runs across the wood, not parallel to the length of the lathe bed -- but I've seen bowls where the grain runs across the piece.
What do I have to do to get past this problem? Will it stop happening once I've got the blank approximately round?