Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
End grain?

Newbie
>Gents, I'm sure the answer to this is somewhere, but I just used the search feature and got page after page of things not addressing my issue.

I have a 11" dia x 3" thick pin-oak blank. It's about 2 months off the tree, and "spalted" in the center.

I'm trying to turn my first bowl, and am having a few problems I'm sure I'll conquer. But the problem that has me tied up is the end grain.

When I put gouge to endgrain this evening, I got repeat stops and catches, unless I used the gentlest touch. And that gentle touch made VERY little progress. I was using a 1" gouge, so maybe this isn't the correct tool?

What the right way to clear out the endgrain?

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