What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Bowl Gouges

What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Bowl Gouges

In this video, What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Bowl Gouges, I explain about selecting a bowl gouge, pros and cons of different grinds, handle considerations, and more.

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  1. GrumpyWiseGuy on August 22, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I use a lot of 1 inch PVC pipe for handles. YOU are responsible for this because one of your videos showed me how to do it!! I like these handles, they fit my hands and they are not cold. They are very inexpensive, and I can make one in about a 1/2 an hour including gluing up the tool in the handle. No turning required either. The only problem is that they are not pretty, even painted, and I have had people really turn their nose up when they see my $90 tool sitting in a one buck handle. Too bad. They fit me and my style of turning and THAT is what counts.

  2. Glen Crandall on August 22, 2022 at 12:20 am

    As the number of turning tools grows so does the amount of space they take. If tools are unhandled they take less space. But then you need a system for changing handles. And there are several systems, some quick and some not so quick. But they tend to be expensive. How about doing a video on tool storage? Thanks for the review on gouge types. Have a great day. Take care and lets all be safe in the shop. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  3. Doug Bennett on August 22, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Great video Mike, thanks. However 2 points on how to measure a bowl gouge: 1. In GB, my understanding is that the measurement is from the inside of the flute to the outside of the bar on the other side. 2. Great Britain is not just England. It’s better to say UK as it includes Northern Ireland as well as England, Scotland and Wales (GB). Regards, Doug Bennett (Wales)😁

  4. Jack Thompson on August 22, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Great lesson Mike.

  5. Aaron Fenn on August 22, 2022 at 12:22 am

    woot first!! i just got my first two 5/8’s gouges this week so i could sample swept back and 40/40

  6. Ken gunnell on August 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Great video Mike. Even us old turners benefit from the reasoning behind different gouges. Very good advice for beginners as well. Thanks for the work you put into this video, particularly benefitted from your drawings. You have done some good videos on storage as was asked for. Anything like that or shop tours of fellow turners again. I have a couple of pic of things that I like for me I will try to send you.

  7. Gerald Moore on August 22, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Mike, what angle do you recommend for a gouge working in the bottom of a bowl. I always
    make do with my 50 deg. I see turners using a gouge that the angle on the gouge is almost
    blunt. Thanks for sharing these informative videos that I find really helps. I just turned 80
    and yes an old dog can learn new tricks.

  8. Lewis Kauffman on August 22, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Thank you, Mike!

  9. David Morgan on August 22, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Great info Mike! Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge. Like a lot of us, I started with Harbor Freight type tools and have progressed to being picky about quality. One good thing about the less expensive tools is I definitely learned how to sharpen with them!
    Take care, Dave

  10. David Wagner on August 22, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I have a few years of turning experience, including a lot of bowl work. Your commentary about turning, bowl gouges in this case, is very helpful in organizing my thoughts. You articulate observations I’ve made, but wouldn’t be able to express so clearly. Thank you, and please keep doing that.

  11. WYOMINGWOODTURNER on August 22, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Good video Sam

  12. Jim Balz on August 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    very informative! lots of important information here. keep ’em coming. always thought sorby 1/2" bowl gouge looked big, but i just shrugged it off – after all who am i? sorby ought to know. i measured it and sure enough — 5/8". i always learn a lot watching your channel.

  13. Tim Robertson Woodturning on August 22, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for another good video.

  14. Mark L on August 22, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Thanks Mike, this is helpful. I’ve been turning for a while but really need to figure out how to sharpen my gouges so they don’t get a concave profile on the wings

  15. HF Bowern Designs on August 22, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Good information and discussion points. Thanks for sharing you knowledge. Now, if you have advice when telling my wife I needed that new gouge!!🀣🀣
    Take care and stay safe and well

  16. David Walser on August 22, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Mike — Lots of excellent information. This video is a great resource.

  17. bill flynn on August 22, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Great video, I learned things. When you were discussing handles, one factor you didn’t talk about is mass. A heavier handle can be more stable with less chatter. Yes, different strokes for different folks.

  18. Heidi Snyder on August 22, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Do you measure the angle down the front when looking at the bowl gauge profile? I’m not sure what my bowl gauge angle is. Thanks for your information in your videos.

  19. Alan Mullock on August 22, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Great explaination Mike,should be a good starting point for new turner’s!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

  20. Scott Simpey on August 22, 2022 at 1:16 am

    While most of my tools have wooden handles I do have a handful of Thompson Tools gouges ( 1/2” bg, 1/2” sg, 3/8” bg, 58” bg) but I only have one 1/2 handle that I use for the two 1/2” gouges because I’m never swapping back and forth between the two frequently. I also have a 3/8” handle that I also use a on a Sorby point tool that is a 3/8” bar. I have 16” long handle for my 5/8” bg that I occasionally put a hollowing tool bar into when Im starting to hollow a piece because the handle that goes with that tool is really long, and for good reason, and the tail stock often will get in the way. Great video Mike.