Carbide Vs. Traditional HSS Wood Turning Tools

Carbide Vs HSS Traditional Bowl Gouge Turning Tools

When turning a wood bowl, which tools are better, carbide or high-speed steel (HSS) traditional turning tools? The answer can be highly controversial, depending with whom you speak. To be honest, carbide and traditional turning tools each have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will unpack all the pros and cons of carbide and […]

Spalting and Spalted Wood Bowls

Spalted Wood Bowl Turning Spalting

Spalt or spalting is probably the most exciting characteristic and beautiful visual effect you can find in any wood bowl blank. When people hear the word “spalt” for the first time, they often turn their heads to the side a bit and ask, “what did you say?” What is Spalting? Spalting is somewhat graphic or […]

11 Etsy Selling Hacks, Tricks, and Tips

Etsy Selling Hacks Tips Tricks Increase Sales

Setting up a shop on Etsy is so exciting, now it’s time to learn some secrets for improving your Etsy shop. As we discussed in the How To Sell On Etsy article, there are many steps needed to get your Etsy shop up and running. In this article, I will share with you eleven hacks, […]

2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide – USA and International

2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide

The 2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide is a directory of all this year’s woodturning major gathering events throughout the United States and internationally as well. You might be asking, “What is a woodturning symposium?“ Last year, in the 2019 symposium directory, I detailed many aspects of what makes woodturning symposiums so special and valuable for anyone […]

How To Sell On Etsy – Wooden Bowls and more

How To Sell On Etsy Detailed Step By Step Article

Learning how to sell on Etsy is an exciting and profitable opportunity for countless artists and craftspeople around the world. We have to step back and think for a moment what a wonderful time we live in, where we can effortlessly communicate and transact with so many people. In this article, I will be discussing […]

How To Shape A New Bowl Gouge Profile (Change, Reshape, Adjust)

Shaping New Bowl Gouge Profile Steps Image

Each bowl gouge angle and profile has a different use and function. You will need to shape your new bowl gouge to fit your needs. When you get your first new bowl gouge, and if you’re new to turning, you might think, “so this is the bowl gouge profile grind I should be using.” Not […]

Bowl Turning Grain Orientation – Wood Blank Direction

Woodturning Bowl Turning Grain Orientation

The bowl turning grain orientation of a bowl blank can seem like a confusing puzzle when we first begin bowl turning. What is the bowl turning grain orientation of the wood used to turn a wooden bowl? The bowl turning grain orientation for most wood bowls is a side-grain orientation. However, end-grain bowls, less common […]

5 Magical Ebonizing Wood Tricks (how-to, techniques, formula)

Ebonized Wood Bowl How To Steps Techniques

Ebonizing wood has been around for a very long time. But before we go further, there is a question that needs to be asked. What is Ebonizing Wood? Ebonizing wood is the effect of darkening or blackening a naturally lighter colored wood to appear more like black ebony wood. Ebonized wood can be created with […]

40-40 Bowl Gouge Grind (Shape, Sharpen, Use)

40-40 Bowl Gouge Bevel Angle Tip Detail

The 40/40 bowl gouge grind is a straightforward and useful tool for wood bowl turners and worth trying out. What is a 40/40 bowl gouge grind? A 40/40 bowl gouge grind refers to the angles incorporated in the specific sharpening process for this gouge. The bowl gouge bevel angle of the 40/40 grind is 40-degrees, […]

7 Valuable Glenn Lucas Gems – Wood Bowl Turning Wisdom

Glenn Lucas Wood Bowl Turning TIps

Glenn Lucas is a genuine wood bowl turning professional. And it seems when he isn’t turning bowls, he’s teaching people the skills needed to perfect the craft. From his home in Ireland, Glenn conducts woodturning workshops. And between turning and teaching, he travels the world sharing his skills everywhere he goes, with his camera in […]