Turning Archive

Subject:
Please Help

Charlie Drake
I don't turn many hollow forms but I have some nice wood that I am turning into small vases (5 inch diameter by 8 inches long). I'm hollowing with a typical 3/16 tool bit mounted in an articulated arm device followed by "smoothing" with a tear drop scraper. My problem is at the bottom and I can guarantee a gigantic catch. I've tried turning with the scraper at center, slightly above center and slightly below center but no matter, BANG! If I readily admit my ignorance on the subject, can some kind person give me some advice other than go back to bowls? Thanks

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