Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
That's why I do my little practice pieces like in the skew videos. If I haven't been on the lathe in a week or two I'll just throw a chunk or 2x4 on the lathe and whittle it away to nothing. It only takes about 15 minutes but lets me get back in the groove. I can use whatever tool I might be using for the next project or I can just practice different cuts.
Of course turning a bowl is good practice because it takes several cuts to get down to the shape. When I haven't been turning for a while I will take smaller cuts so I can practice the gouge movements.
Most of woodturning is subtle movements. If your gouge is sharp you should be able to take very fine cuts. It's good practice to practice these cuts because they take more tool control than big waste away wood cuts.