Turning Archive 2008
>How does one hold a bowl gouge when hollowing out a bowl? Is it usually parallel to the bed, slightly angled upwards or downwards?
Most of what is out there suggest a 16" to 18" handle for bowl gouges.
I'm new to this and am working off an old gap bed lathe with the center about 5.5" above the lathe bed.
I made a 17" test handle out of scrap, and when it's held with the tip slightly upwards, the handle hits the bed.
So, am I holding it wrong, or are the recommended 16"-18" handles more suited for outboard turning VS lathe bed turning?