How does that Thompson compare to your past gouges?
I have one 3/8" Sorby bowl gouge with a 45 degree grind and 2 Henry Taylor bowl gouges, one 3/8" at 40 degrees and one 1/2" at 45 degrees. The Thompson is 1/2" at 50 degrees. Stayed sharp all through this little bowl, but was able to get much cleaner surface.
You can't tease us like this, I think a picture of the Thompson next to the bowl would look really nice too.
I'll try and get pic of the tool up later.
How do you like walnut oil? What're the benefits of that over a...say, poly or shellac?
I'm always trying different finishes to see what I like. Walnut oil is nice. Wipe it on with bowl on lathe, buff while lathe running with paper towel. Repeat. Nice smooth, almost error free finish. Very food safe (unless your allergic to walnuts
). I also regularly use a walnut oil/shellac/carnuba wax blend (sort of a homemade Shellawax), or alternating coats of BLO and wax. Just depends upon the amount of sheen or how lazy I'm being. Also, no fumes.
Does Chinese elm smell when you work it?
Not reallly, not unpleasant anyway. But these days I wear a TrendPro respirator while turning so I don't smell the wood as much (which sort of bums me out
Sorry for the deluge of questions, just curious.
DOn't worry about the questions, that's why were all here, isn't it?