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post #1 of 11 Old 04-24-2011, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Needed to turn some bottle stoppers with WSU inserts so decided it was a good time to get reacquainted witht he skew. Turned all these stoppers with just a roughing gouge and a 1/2 flat skew.
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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Those came out nice Sawdust. Good to hear you did them with your skew. Probably one of the most neglected tools for the lathe.
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Nice work, Skews are Kyool.

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Good to hear you did them with your skew. Probably one of the most neglected tools for the lathe.
I know a lot of turners hate/fear the skew, as did I when I first started turning. I use it often, but usually to clean up an edge or a foot. Haven't done much more than that for a while so I figured I may as well get some practice time in on easier/smaller projects.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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You have to practice to learn and be comfortable with the skew. Nick Cook once said There are a certain number of catches built into every skew and you have to use them up. Well said.
I will be doing a skew demo tomorrow night at our club and again later in May for the Dalton, Ga club.
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Nice looking bottle stoppers, I like the combinations of curves and coves. A skew is certainly challenging to master, I've used my 1/2" one a lot on spindle work, but not so much for bowls other than the occasional accent or rounded lip.

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A skew is not to be used for bowls unless you really really really know what you are doing. On a dare I did turn the outside of a bowl with a skew. I could possible do the inside but I haven't tried yet. I'm sure it would have to be a shallow bowl. No way could you do a deep one. I have over 25 years playing with the skew and use if for a lot of things but bowls isn't one of them. Once in a blue moon I use it to cut the area just before a foot. I only do that for really bad grain tearing problems and would not teach it to anyone without a lot of experience.
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John, I agree whole heartedly with your statement about using a skew on a bowl, but I remember someone else from the board saying they use a skew as a primary tool on bowls, which I would like to see the technique used before I made any such attempt.

That being said, I do use my skew quite a bit for doing the final shaping of the foot of a bowl, or making a decorative edge on a bowl because a skew does such a nice job leaving a very clean cut in areas that are hard to sand properly. Definitely to be used with caution.

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Those are incredible. I'm not very good with the skew at all, and I really need the practice. Aparently, you have it down to a science. Awesome work.

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Those look great, really nice profiles. WSU, is that for Washington State?

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Yes to Wash. State University. I started doing the stoppers with the baubles in top last year. A crafter friend makes them for me. Primarily they were psychedelic/fractal images but a friend suggested college logos. Being in the Pacific NW, UW and WSU are the two biggies. They sell pretty well.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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