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post #1 of 5 Old 03-14-2009, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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new guy, help with bowls

Hi guys, I've never worked with wood before, but am interested in turning bowls.

I need some help knowing which tools to buy, and getting started, if anyone can help.

Many thanks.
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A roughing gouge, a parting tool,a roundnose or half round gouge and a bowl gouge with a standard profile would be a good starting point.
Read up online about some of the differences and techniques, heres one place to start: http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/

Theres also a forum you can check out: http://www.woodturningonline.com/
I haven't dug too deeply into it but it seems to be chock full of useful information.

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Denzel,
If you want to keep it simple, you could do the whole bowl with a bowl gouge. Then as you became more familiar with the tool, you could start adding to your tools using the list that Gary mentioned. The main thing is to try and get together with someone who is more experienced to show you the ropes. Once you understand bowls, they are not necessarily that difficult a process. But there are a variety of different cuts to make and if you are using the wrong tool or wrong presentation of the tool, you could be in for a world of hurt.
Don't want to scare you off, just saying to be cautious and take the right approach. Easy to learn, harder to unlearn bad habits.
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Denzel,

I've done a bowl or two

www.phinds.com/bowls/

and would be happy to help if you have any specific questions. I do segmented bowls but I'd suggest that you attack single-wood bowls before branching out (if you ever even decide to) to other things.

Turning is SUCH FUN! You're in for a real treat. As you learn the ins and outs of using turning tools, count on saying a number of words that you would not encourage your children to use. I can tell you from direct experience that while it is worthwhile reading about turning techniques and the different tools, that will get you about 5% of the way towards being a good turner. It's just like riding a bicycle ... you aren't going to learn much about it from books. Just slap a piece of cheap wood on the lathe and go to town ! You'll be glad you did.

Enjoy,

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more info on Benjamin's Best lathe tools

Those lathe tools that I sent you the recommendation for in separate email --- saw several on-line comments about them and everyone agrees w/ me that they are an excellent choice for low budge and new turner, but several also said that you WILL see a difference in sharp-edge-duration if you spend twice as much per tool. No surprize there, just thought you might want to know.

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