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    Birthday present for me from me!!
    where is the best place to buy a really good bowl gouge? and what to get?
    ive been using the lee valley economy guoge for several years and worn another one out!
    so its time to treat myself to a new one
    my shop is a beaver lodge
    steve, sarnia, ont




    1940's Craftmaster Lathe

    https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/
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    Re: Bowl Gouge

    https://oneway.ca/products-category/...Ended%20Gouges

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    • #3

      Re: Bowl Gouge

      I am very happy with my Ellsworths.
      Noel

      "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
      'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
      "

      John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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      • #4

        Re: Bowl Gouge

        The better/best turning tools that give you top of the line steel and without a handle (you make your own) are by

        http://thompsonlathetools.com

        Yes out of the USA, if rather Canadian then Oneway makes some very good tools, with to without a handle, also special handles are available.

        https://oneway.ca/products-category/...-tools-handles

        BusyBee does cary Robert Sorby professional turning tools, they have served me well for a long time, and last a long time (at least for me)

        https://www.busybeetools.com/product...dle-1-2in.html

        Have fun and take care
        Leo Van Der Loo

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        • #5

          Re: Bowl Gouge

          Further to Leo's post, BowRiverWoods in B.C. carry some of the Thompson tools. I bought a couple of bowl gouges there a few years ago, but looking at their website today it seems their selection of Thompson lathe tools is now more limited than it was in the past, but it may be worth a look or a call to see what they have.

          https://www.woodtoworks.com/Gouges-T...c_105-2-3.html

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          • #6

            Re: Bowl Gouge

            Branches to Bowls carry the Carter and Sons line of tools. https://www.branchestobowls.com/cart...son-toolworks/

            Pete

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            • #7

              Re: Bowl Gouge

              I wonder if you have an agent for Woodcut up your way no doubt they are available by post https://www.woodcut-tools.com/
              I have a few of the woodcut and a just bought two Hamlet with the flute the full length, with the short flute of the Woodcut the shavings are pushed away from your hands where I am finding with the Hamlet the shavings collect in my hands and collect on my clothes more, if you go the Woodcut way you have to buy the whole gouge then buy the new tip when they wear out, I hold mine over the gas stove and the tip pops off the steel dowel the new one is put on with a locktight that is provided with the tip, they are good steel.

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              • #8

                Re: Bowl Gouge

                thanks, all,
                i will check those out
                oneway is an excellent option, never considered them

                https://oneway.ca/products-category/...ded-Bowl-Gouge

                this looks to be the ticket, 1/2 inch or maybe the 5/8
                so i guess now is choice of a handle, suggestions?, oneway, oneway adaptor to make my own etc etc

                and where to buy them?

                Last edited by stevem; 07-17-2020, 06:32 PM.
                my shop is a beaver lodge
                steve, sarnia, ont




                1940's Craftmaster Lathe

                https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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                • #9

                  Re: Bowl Gouge

                  Hamlets are very nice. Lee valley sells PN that come without handles as well.

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                  • #10

                    Re: Bowl Gouge

                    Also- the oneway handles are excellent. They let you take out your chisel to sharpen easier. And they have different sized openings on each end.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Bowl Gouge

                      Originally posted by woodbizard View Post
                      Hamlets are very nice. Lee valley sells PN that come without handles as well.
                      Not anymore. P&N has gone out of business I think. Hamlett now are using M42 which has some Cobalt in it. Woodchuckers and I think Normand sell Hamlet. Best Thompson Bowl Gouge is the version he makes for Lyle Jamieson. Has pretty much the same parabolic profile as Crown (they make the Ellsworth) or Hamlet (same factory). Lots of full time turners use Oneway.
                      Mike
                      www.picturetrail.com/mikebrazeau

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                      • #12

                        Re: Bowl Gouge

                        Steve, Oneway headquarters is approximately an hours drive for you !!

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                        • #13

                          Re: Bowl Gouge

                          Well here's my 2 cents.
                          Hamlet 2 2030 gouges both had serious heat treating problems. Hard and soft areas and what looked like a ball bearing buried in one of them. Friend had a Hamlet with only about 1 1/2" of shaft in the handle. Heavy roughing and the handle split.
                          Oneway. I have 2 of their 5/8 double ended and they are good. I use Robert Sorby handles from Rockler. https://www.rockler.com/robert-sorby...vereign-handle
                          Thompson No Thanks. There's something wrong with the flute designs. I had both V and U and both needed a lot of effort to cut. They also produced a lot of tear out. I asked a bunch of guys over and let them loose on a bowl blank with the Thompson gouges. All had major tear out problems and after using the Hamlets to clean up they also commented on how much easier it was to push the Hamlet's and also pick up a cut. That's when I realized how important flute design is. Look for gouges with parabolic or super flutes. The Hamlets were a joy to use, but I looked elsewhere.
                          Dway makes a good gouge and also Carter and Sons. Both companies finish the flutes to a polish. I have both in 1/2" size
                          I'm now using this Henry Taylor https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...ute-bowl-gouge
                          Roy Childs designed parabolic flute. and the same gouge as the Ellsworth Signature but you pay less because it's not an Ellsworth!
                          So far I like it.
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                          • #14

                            Re: Bowl Gouge

                            I have a couple of the Dway bowl gouges. Very happy with them. They also sell handles. Just my 2 cents

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                              Re: Bowl Gouge

                              Originally posted by Knot Rite View Post
                              Steve, Oneway headquarters is approximately an hours drive for you !!
                              i know, ive been there!!

                              im very familiar with there stuff, my 1940's lathe has all the modern attachments from oneway and so does my old grinder!
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                              my shop is a beaver lodge
                              steve, sarnia, ont




                              1940's Craftmaster Lathe

                              https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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