Gouges for the Lathe
Selecting and sharpening spindle, bowl and roughing-out gouges
Synopsis: Ernie Conover has noticed that anyone who learns how to handle a gouge with aplomb will be far along the road to mastering turning itself. There are three types of gouges: roughing-out, bowl, and spindle. Conover says the best gouges are made of high-speed steel, and he discusses tools you need for sharpening and how to hone the edges. Three side explanations detail the three categories of gouges and talks about what they’re used for, what they look like, and what Conover looks for when evaluating one.
I ‘ll never forget King Heiple, the orthopedic surgeon who signed up for one of my turning classes a few years ago. When I called the class to gather round as I demonstrated a new technique, he was the student who was right by my side, carefully studying my every move, Then he would go over to his lathe and do…