There are three types of woodturning gouges, writes Peter Child: one designed for bowls, one for between-center coving and small rounds, and one for roughing square stock to cylinders and sweeping curves, also between centers. He describes how they differ and what they're best used for. Child explains how to reshape the bevels of your new tools and how to cut with them. You'll learn the correct stance, how much weight to put on the gouge, and how to avoid unpleasant surprises, such as when the gouge digs in, gashing the wood. His instructions include tips for left-handers, too.

From Fine Woodworking #5