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post #21 of 23 Old 06-15-2011, 07:43 PM
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The only time I got into to trouble with a bowl gouge was when I was doing something silly. ie using a 1/4" with way to much over hang on a very nasty burl and I bent the darn thing at 45'.

Wrong tool, wrong usage, wrong speed = dumb move

If you have reservations get along side a good turner at a nearby club and in no time you get enough experience to make this sort of judgment call.

Anyway stick with 1/2 and above and I doubt if you can bend or get into too much trouble other than a decent catch or two.

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new to turning

Thanks everyone for your replys and input. Very helpful. Maybe after some experience I can help a newby some day.
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post #23 of 23 Old 06-25-2011, 12:05 PM
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Quite possibly, the best advice I received when asking about this new guy turning bowls was, "turn 100 bowls"!

True dat.

I'm on #30 today, and I am WAAAAAYY better at it than I was 20 bowls ago!

I second the advice to save the good stuff for later...
It sux to ruin a nice chunk o' wood.

...and I promise you that the majority of the tools that you have now, will be unused relics in 6 months.

Of course, be aware that once you start turning, (ALL) other interests will wane.


...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?
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