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I too just recently got a new Thompson at the reccomendation of others. I gut the 1/2" U and your right, that baby will cut some wood.
I also havnt completely learned how to use it yet. I attempted a smallish bowl after watching some Youtube videos. I got the outside shaped pretty good. Flipped it over and started holowing and it came off the lathe, twice!! I think the problem was my recess rather than my gouge technique but I have decided not to try a bowl again untill John Lucas posts a bowl guoge video!!
Nice handle by the way!!! I went with some maple but its a little on the light side. I may have to drill the other end of it and add some shot.
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