Turning Archive 2005

Tool-rest photo *PIC*

Keith Tompkins
>I just finished this piece to demonstrate the concept I was trying to describe. This birch limb is 4" in diameter, turned only with a 3/8"detail gouge. From roughing to finish, the tool rest was not moved. The gouge was presented with the flute on its side, cutting on the centerline of the piece.By turning this way, you can see the "definition" the piece has. The smallest diameter is 1/2". No attempt was made to produce a finished product, just a practice piece, unsanded.

I didn't move the rest just to "prove a point"; not that I couldn't, I didn't need to. By cutting on-center, I can make any shape I want without a lot of fuss or catches.

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