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im looking to buy a gouge but dont know what brand or size, there is alot to chose from and i know you get what you pay for
i would be using it mainly for turkey pot calls

thanks for any advice
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What tools do you have? A good start for a newbie is a spindle roughing gouge, a 1/4" or 3/8" spindle gouge, a 1/2 inch bowl gouge, and a parting tool. May also want to get a round nose scraper. I have some Sorby tools, some Henry Taylor tools and just recently bought a Doug Thompson bowl gouge. All are great tools. Also, a sharpening system will make your life so much easier. Let me know if you have any further questions.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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roughing gouge 1in i think?
older set, but a good set
i was looking at benjamins best 3/8 bowl gouge
i dont plan on turning anything of great size but also dont wanna waste my $$$

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I'm not a fan of the Benjamin's Best tools...but that's just me. Some on here like them. I tend to buy the best tools I can afford. Seems everytime I try and buy a cheap tool, it either breaks, wears out too fast or doesn't do what it is intended to do all that well; then I end up buying the better one anyway. Again, maybe that's just me.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I think most people would agree that Thompson Lathe Tools are the best available. For a bowl gouge you want to start with a 1/2" or 5/8" depending on who you ask.

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So on the Thompson tools or any other for that matter... What difference in use is there for a u or v bowl gouge.
I'm adding suggestions for fathers day and would like to know what to ask for
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The difference in the V vs U is simply the shape of the tip. The V is more pointy. There are more sublte differences but most people don't no, don't care, or can't tell the difference when turning. Some claim the V clogs easier with green wood, I can't tell a difference. The shape of edge on the wings if you do that type of grind is slightly different and the V is slightly stiffer. These are very minor.
My choice for what you are doing would be a Thompson 3/8" detail gouge but that's just me. the Packard house brand 3/8" spindle gouge is a good tool at a good price. http://www.packardwoodworks.com/
The bowl gouge is a little less functional for general spindle turning but overall a more useful tool for all around turning. Get a 1/2" american or 3/8" british. they are the same tool just measured differently. U or V or superflute won't really make much difference, you'll learn to use and sharpen what you have.
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I agree with John that a detail gouge should be very helpful for you. When you do start turning bowls then you will need a bowl gouge also. A bowl gouge is not going to help much in adding small details to the perimeter of the pot. You can use your skew in a scraping action for the sharp corners for the slate/glass inserts but I would think a flat scraper would work better. I have never looked inside one but I assume the bottom is also flat and square at the corner, if so, then a flat scraper (with a burr raised) would be a big help. You can also use your parting tool to cut the corners but it would be time consuming to get the inside bottom completely flat.
I have never heard anything bad about the Tompson tools. Once I wear out my present tool(s) I will try one. I have purchased from Packard several times. They carry a wide variety in both type and brand and are very helpful.
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thanks you very much guys
i appreciate the advice
i wonder if i could get my wife talked into one of every thing
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I'm not a fan of the Benjamin's Best tools...but that's just me. Some on here like them. I tend to buy the best tools I can afford. Seems everytime I try and buy a cheap tool, it either breaks, wears out too fast or doesn't do what it is intended to do all that well; then I end up buying the better one anyway. Again, maybe that's just me.
I tend to agree. Henry Ford once said "if you need a machine today and dont buy it, tomorrow you will have paid for it and you wont own it. 1938

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I use a carbide tool to make mine. The list of tools you have will do, if you want a gouge I would recommend a 3/8 bowl gouge if all you are going to do is make calls.
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im looking to buy a gouge but dont know what brand or size, there is alot to chose from and i know you get what you pay for
i would be using it mainly for turkey pot calls

thanks for any advice

If you are making pot calls I would buy the East Wood Tool CI2 Mini Rougher. This would be good for making the chanels in side the pot. Also a spindle gouge for shaping hte outside.
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Thanks guys for the great advice, but i ordered a sorby multi-tool cause i figured i would be TRYING to make all sorts of things ( candy dish with lid, small vases, bowls, lidded boxes etc..)
also scored with a new ryobi drill press from from my wife and daughter for early fathers day

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