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newbie question on handles

Ok, probably a dumb question. But here goes. I have a set of turning tools, hss, with handles about 8-10 inches long. I've seen handles on tv (Tim Yoder) with much longer handles. Should I be making and using the longer handles, or do these work just as good? Sorry if this is a stupid question. Just trying to learn.
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I like longer handles. They feel a lot more comfortable. I made my own as they aren't all that difficult. Hardwood works best...most of mine are oak and walnut....I have a set that need new ones and hose will be made of ash.... good turning....
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Ok, probably a dumb question. But here goes. I have a set of turning tools, hss, with handles about 8-10 inches long. I've seen handles on tv (Tim Yoder) with much longer handles. Should I be making and using the longer handles, or do these work just as good? Sorry if this is a stupid question. Just trying to learn.
If the tools are for spindle turning (pens, wands, bottle stoppers, etc.) those handles are probably fine.

I doubt that anyone would make a bowl gouge with a handle less than 14" though -- at some point, hollowing a bowl will require the cutting edge a few inches over the tool rest, and the longer the handle is, the better you can stabilize and control the tool.

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To add to the above, making your own tool handles is perhaps the most satisfying of any simple woodworking job you can do, and it gives you something that will last for a very long time.

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Thanks y'all!! I need to turn me some then.
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