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'nother turning question...

I've been working on my "hundred bowls", this is #4...

I've found that I'm basically using a (carbide-tipped) gouge from the "other side" of the lathe when hollowing, as shown...

Is this normal?

I'm often at a greater angle than diagrammed, but is seems to give the smoothest cuts, and I've not had a catch when using this technique. (Maybe I shouldn't have said that!)

It almost appears easier to be left-handed when hollowing this way.

as an aside, any thoughts on reverse turning..?

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I can't tell what tool you are using but sure. Working from the backside works. Some turners run the lathe in reverse and turn from the frontside of the lathe but turn on the opposite side of center. Same effect.
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Thanks John!

I needed confirmation that I wasn't doing something wrong-ly...

I'm not ready to work from the other side yet, or reverse the lathe for cutting, just hoped that it could be done...
I suspect that the key is keeping the work attached to the lathe.

Here's the finished bowl...
Still need a few finish coats.

Sorry 'bout the fuzzy, I REALLY need a better camera!

I still leave too many turn marks, but am improving.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-20-2011, 08:34 PM
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thats a good looking bowl
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My lathe has a reverse switch. I occasionally turn in the reverse mode. But only when I can't make the cut in the normal direction. Turning on the opposite side feels strange to me. It doesn't feel natural probably because I am used to working on the normal side.
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