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First bowl with new gouge

Here are several pics of a small chinese elm bowl I turned with my new Thompson bowl gouge. Only other tool I used was a skew to clean up the tenon and decorate the foot. Started sanding at 180 grit versus the usual 80 grit. Finish is 3 coats of walnut oil. Bowl is 3 3/4 inches diameter and 1 1/2 inches tall. I also included a picture of the shavings I was able to get, the top while roughing out the bowl and the bottom pile finishing cuts. This wood is kiln dried.
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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-08-2011, 08:43 PM
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I've been reading about those Thompsons, may have to try one out. Most all my tools are ancient, except a few spindle gouges. Nice wood!

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Looks good! How does that Thompson compare to your past gouges? You can't tease us like this, I think a picture of the Thompson next to the bowl would look really nice too. How do you like walnut oil? What're the benefits of that over a...say, poly or shellac? Does Chinese elm smell when you work it? Sorry for the deluge of questions, just curious.
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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?
This is probably not going to quote right, BTW.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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ACP, here's your requested pic.
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Sawdust,
bowl turned out nice. But I think you need to start turning some larger bowls so they are more proportionate to your new DT lathe tool.
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Thanks Mike. I'll get some larger bowls done this weekend. Just wanted to test the new tool and didn't have a lot of time, so did this little guy. I'd also like to get some shot in the handle just to try a heavier tool, and I won't get around to that until late in the week.

Thanks to you and everyone else for all the encouraging words.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks for the answers and the pics! That's cool looking gouge for sure.
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I was just looking at the pics again, and I have to say Doug's handles are the cat's meow. When he brought the first prototypes to our turning club meeting, they looked pretty good. Next he comes around with the monogramming. Really cool. Your 'Steves sawdust factory' logo looks neat. Very impressive.
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Outstanding bowl, really like that Chinese Elm.
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