Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I couldn't really tell from your album how the gouge is working. When a gouge gets hot it's usually from turning dry wood with the speed to fast and possibly a dull tool. As a tool gets dull you put more pressure on the bevel trying to make it cut and it gets hot. Dry wood is worse. A turn a fair amount of dry cherry and the shavings are quite hot coming off the tool. this is with a very sharp gouge and moderate pressure. The culprit in this case is speed. The outer rim of the bowl is traveling pretty darn fast and the shavings tend to heat up. So much so that if it's a large bowl (16" or so) I have wear a glove on my left hand because the hot shavings get uncomfortable.
In that case sometimes I'll change the attitude of the gouge so it throws the shavings somewhere else but sometimes the direction I'm using the tool is just the most efficient way so I just put on the glove.