Mitch Cholewinski. Thanks for the reply. Didn't want to seem cavalier or casual in my response about the "termite tool. However, choosing between tools(at a hundred bucks a pop) is sometimes difficult, at least it is for me. That 's why we ask questions and try to get feed back on this forum,hoping we make the right decision. I really have no intention of of buying every turning tool that is similar and offered on the market when just one tool can accomplish the same job. Suffice it to say,woodturners were hollowing bowls,goblets and etc. with gouges long before these other tools were developed. It's only natural that we want to make turning quicker and easier. As you can see from my initial question I've received differing opinions on these tools and I certainly value yours. Thanks.