Bowl gouge essentials are the foundation of wood bowl turning. The requirement for refining is somewhat diminished by the new wheels now readily available. They leave finely honed edges. With that said, if you want to hone, particularly between trips to the grinding wheel, by all means, do so. If done properly, honing produces a super-fine, continually sharp edge. A jagged edge can feel sharp, but it dulls rapidly.
Wooden bowls are stunning and easy to make because they come directly from a log. The distinction between tool steel and HSS in turning chisels is essential. Either metal can take a fairly sharp cutting edge. Nevertheless, HSS enjoys a significant advantage since it retains a sharp edge a lot longer than tool steel. Both metals need precise grinding and honing to produce a great leading-edge, however, there are other differences.
The key to unlocking its capacity is to comprehend the delicate balance between its bevel edge (the flat surface area produced on the grinder) and the cutting tip. At any provided time during the turning process, whether detailing a rim or turning deep inside a bowl, the tool needs to be gliding on its bevel edge, following the shape you are developing. Just a small, barely detectable motion rocks the tool onto its cutting tip and starts the cutting action.
Now you’ll cut the convex or negative profile into the wood. Take the same gouge utilized to make a positive profile. Move even more inwards along the block of wood by about a quarter of an inch. That would be a quarter of an inch inwards from the positive profile. Take the gouge and turn it over so that the trough is upside down. In this position, cut the negative profile of the gouge into the wood. Make sure not to expand the convex curve further than the gouge is large.