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  1. Kent, thank you for the work you are doing. I enjoy the courses very much have learned a great deal.

    I have had a repeat issue with turning the bottom of the bowl, establishing the tenon and platform for the bowl. The outside is done.

    I turn the bowl around and mount to the chuck and the bowl seems to be out of round again. Is this a normal issue? I find it disconcerting and try to true up the bottom again. Any thoughts?

    Jim

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      Jim,
      Yes, this is usual.
      It’s almost impossible to reverse the bowl and put it on the same exact axis. A little wobble is common. You’ll want to fuss and center it more if it’s really out of true.
      Usually, if you shape the foot area, even with a slight off-center mount, it won’t be visible. I merge the two areas with a little focused sanding and all is good.
      Happy Turning!
      Kent

  2. Kent, good evening! I have a question about turning live edge bowls from round logs vs logs cut in half. I have tried turning 2 live edge bowls from round logs. I ended up turning away two of the sides when I was removing the bowl interior and ended up with only 2 viable sides. I do not have this problem when turning logs that have been cut in half first. I am mounting the round logs the same way I do the other….I have them mounted on their sides, not end to end on the tail stock / head stock. My guess is there is a formula I need to be using….diameter of the log vs. length of the log. I am thinking that the diameter needs to be greater than the length or equal to it. Can you set me on the right path? Thank you sir!

    Kind regards,
    Trey

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      Trey,
      This is a bit of a 3D puzzle. I will be explaining this more in the upcoming Green Wood Online eCourse. Yes, with a natural or live edge bowl you can turn a diameter larger than the width of the log, but don’t cut down and past the apex of the width. Not sure if that is easily understood? LOL
      Happy Turning!
      Kent

      1. Kind of understood, thank you. Do you know when your Green Wood Online eCourse is beginning? Looking forward to taking it. If it is half as good as your first two eCourses, it will be awesome and very informative/educational!!

        1. Author

          Trey, thank you for the kind words. I’m thinking it will be out in later summer. Stay tuned. Happy Turning!

  3. I can’t thank you enough for this course. It has really help with my confidence and skill. I was able to do the exercises and not have any catches. That gave me the confidence to tackle 2 live edge bowls. Though they are not perfect, they are functional, but best of all there were no issues during the turning process. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You put this together perfectly and I appreciate your quick responses to my questions! Looking forward to the next chapter, and shared your page and encouraged friends that are also new to turning to sign up!! Thank you again!!

    Regards
    Trey

    1. Author

      Trey, Wow! Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the course and are benefitting from your new skills! Enjoy and all the best to you. Happy Turning!

  4. What coring tool do you recommend for turning a segmented wooden bowl of walnut and maple?

    Jay Griesser

  5. Hi Kent, i teach members of my local Mens Shed and basically teach them how to use each gouge/chisel, ie roughing gouge, bowl gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool, skew chisel and scraper. As well we make a garden dibber, honey dipper, saucer, bowl, bud vase and candle stick. I run the course over 8 weeks, 2 hours per week. They also get a “lesson” in grain direction, laws of wood turning.
    The question i would like to ask is- is this what you would do to get a beginner familiar with woodturning to understand the basics? Or do you have an alternative course that you would recommend?
    Thanks, Brian

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      Hello Brian,
      Thanks for writing and good question.
      Well, I like to think there are two different main paths in woodturning – spindle and bowl turning.
      I focus mainly on bowl turning. However, there are many aspects, like grain direction, etc that are necessary for both.
      My course is designed to teach every aspect of turning a bowl and everything you need to do with the bowl gouge to complete that process. Along the way we also cover grain direction and many reasons things work better one way versus another.
      A person going through this course will have a very thorough understanding and experience of bowl turning that can be applied to any future turnings.
      Hope that answers your question.
      Thanks and Happy Turning!

  6. Hello Kent,

    Thanks for the safety info.
    I’m taking your e-course for turning now.

    I have turned 7 of the 14 blanks I made up to lesson # 18 and am wondering what the proper height the spindle should be in relation to my shoulders. It is now 39 inches from the floor and my shoulders are 56 inches from the floor.

    I put a 6 inch pallet down and it seemed to be more comfortable. Just wondering if I should make a lower stand or a platform to stand on🤔

    Thanks,
    Dave

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      Dave,

      Good question.

      An ideal height should be around the height of your elbow when you are standing straight. See where your elbow is located on and off the pallet, first. And then go from there.

      Hope that helps.

      1. I took your advice and built a custom bench for my comet 14 DR nova lathe. Seems to be working out just great. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Kent,

      That’s almost where it is with the pallet.
      I’m just starting my 9th bowl removing the centers. I’m using a Pinnacle 1/2″ fingernail grind gouge @ 55 deg. and sharpening with OneWay varigrind system. Having trouble riding the bevel on the inside but not too bad on the external. I tried thinning the heal using your Depth gauge (which works out great).

      Dave

  7. Hi Kent.
    As I go through the coarse, and I make comments, is there any type of indicator on my account to let me know you have responded? Tyvm sir, love this coarse.

    1. Author

      Good question. I’m not sure if the system sends an email notification when a comment has been returned. Hm? I’ll see what I can find. In the meantime, I guess checking back on the pages where the comment was posted is the best method of seeing replies.

  8. Kent, Finished the course was worth every penny ! I believe every lathe Maker should buy the course as part of the lathe sale to first time owners.

    On another question what tooth spacing do you use on your band saw ? I have a old general bandsaw 2 HP I was going to set it up for strictly cutting my bowl blanks. I was thinking 3 to 4 tooth per inch .

    Again thanks for the course it was very helpful to a first time turner.

    1. Author

      David,

      Thank you for your kind words. I think you might be onto something with that manufacturer’s mandate. Ha! 😉

      My bandsaw teeth are 3-4 per inch. If you’re used to finer teeth be careful, these can grab if the wood isn’t stable.

      All the best to you and thanks again!

      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  9. Kent. What are you feelings on a negative rake scraper??? Also I’m considering getting a CBN 180 grit 4-in-1 wheel. I would love your thoughts on this.

    George ( Freddy McKenna) McLean

      1. Thanks Kent. I thought that wheel was a bit pricy as well. I just purchased your sharping E course. In for a penny in for a pound!!
        I’ve now gone back to the beginning of your turn a bowl course and glued up 6 blanks. It will be nice to have nice sharp tools.
        Do you think a CBN wheel is worth it?

        1. Author

          George,
          Sharp tools are critical.
          Yes, the CBN wheels are a lifetime purchase and do an excellent job sharpening tools compared to oxide wheels.
          Happy Turning,
          Kent

  10. Hi Kent – I love your videos and I’m keen to get started up on your course so I can make the transition from carbide to bowl gouge. I know the course may be extended and modified from time to time, but what is the rough estimate of instructional time across all of the various videos at present? Thanks!

    1. Author

      Jeff,
      Thank you for writing and inquiring. If you are eager, you can watch all the lessons in this Course in one day. But I recommend taking your time and progressing through the material as you practice the skills in each lesson. I would say, if you are uninterrupted you can complete the course and do all the exerices, which will result in several completed small bowls, within one week’s time.
      Thanks for asking, and we’ll see you in the Course soon. Enjoy!
      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  11. Hello Kent, I am truly enjoying the bowl course , Just wanted to pass on a tip a Bowl Turner and neighbor showed me. About the tool rest height. What he explained to me is to run the tool rest up to the head stock or the tail stock set the height, then move the tool rest to the side of the head stock and place a piece of tape there and mark the height. this way you can just slide the rest over to the mark and you then know the center height then just drop whatever is required . Again really enjoying the course.

    Dave L

    1. Author

      David,
      Thanks for sharing. Keep in mind, this works if you have one tool and use it in roughly the same orientation each time. A larger or smaller bowl gouge will require the tool rest to be raised or lowered accordingly.
      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  12. Hello Kent, I am up in Northern NH and it is a two hour drive for me to go to a lumber retailer that would sell bowl blanks Wood Craft Etc. I do however have a sawmill and can cut anything I would like for a bowl blank from the Northern Hardwoods. This means I would be turning green, for the object of this class would this make a difference if I turned say White Birch, Popular, or Cherry ? I would like to know this prior to signing up for the class.

    Thanks Dave Landry

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      Dave,

      What a great resource you have!

      No, this will not effect the course for you at all. Just cut blanks similar in size to the ones we will be making.

      Any species will do, as I will be demonstrating cutting techniques that will cut any density of wood, as long as the bowl gouge is sharp.

      Thanks for sharing and I look forward to having you in this Course.

      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  13. I have a lathe and the 3 carbide tools (roughing, finisher & detailer) as well as a homemade thin parting tool. I will be buying a bowl gouge after Christmas, what other tools are necessary to get the most out of this course.

    1. Author

      Ray,
      Great question.
      A 1/2″ bowl gouge and a sharpening system are the main elements. You will need a tenon scraping tool which can be a scraper or a detail spindle gouge. Also, you will need a way to initially attach the bowl blank to the lathe (faceplate, spur drive, screw chuck – we’ll cover all of these) and a four-jaw chuck to reverse the bowl on the lathe. That’s about all

      See you in the course.

      Happy Turning,
      Kent

    2. Wow, I didn’t realize that I need to buy a gouge, a grinder and a sharpening system as well as a chuck + the cost of the course. Do you offer a version of the course using just carbide tools, this would mean that I only need to buy the chuck. I’m sure that I am not the only newbie that wants to learn bowl turning while staying on a budget. Carbide tools were cheap as I just bought the cutters and a length of 1/2 steel and made my own.

      1. Author

        Good question. You can follow all the lessons in this course and substitute carbide tools if you’d like. Some bowl gouge lessons obviously won’t apply, but all the turning aspects are the same. Thanks for asking.

  14. Kent, Dave here was looking into both of your courses, I have my lathe my tools but I have always used a tormak for my sharpening will you be covering this in your class also?

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      David,

      I currently do not have the Tormak covered in this course. In general, there are many aspects of sharpening that you will still gain from this course. I hope to add the tormak system to this course in the future.

      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  15. Hi Kent,

    I want to clarify a few things about your course pricing, you had said that if you join now you will receive a lifetime membership. Does this mean free access to all your videos? I s the price $ US 99. Will this include videos on sharpening too?
    Will I receive a login to your site once I’m a lifetime member?

    1. Author

      Hello Danny,

      Thanks for the question.

      Each course is separate, but I do cover sharpening the 1/2″ 55° bevel swept-back bowl gouge in my Wood Bowl Turning Start-to-Finish Course. The Tool Sharpening Course thoroughly covers all aspects of shaping and sharpening all tools needed to turn bowls. The two courses are separate.

      Yes, once you join a course you will have access to all lessons and videos in those lessons from now on.

      You will use your email address as your user name and then create a password to log in to the course whenever you like.

      Thanks for the question and I hope to see you in one or both courses soon.

      All the best to you and Happy Turning,
      Kent

  16. Hi Kent,
    I watch a lot of your videos. I thank you for being the best teacher I have engaged on youtube.
    I thank you for being so professional , so honest and so dedicated to teach people like me.
    I’m trying very hard to teach myself wood turning. Something I never done before !
    I love it.
    I do absorb a lot more from your videoes than enyone else.
    I thank you sincerely, wishing you the best Xmas ever and God’s blessings everyday.
    Ben.

  17. Hi Kent,
    I watch a lot of your videos. I thank you for being the best teacher I have engaged in youtube.
    I thank you for being so professional , so honest and so dedicated to teach people like me.
    I’m trying very hard to teach myself wood turning. Something I never done before !
    I do absorb a lot more from your videoes than enyone else.
    I thank you sincerely, wishing you the best Xmas ever and God’s blessings everyday.

  18. Hello kent, was wondering do you have a one time combined price for all your courses. i feel it would be better to join one time for all you courses as i really learn and enjoy them.
    thank you
    Tim Cook

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      Tim,

      Thanks for asking. I don’t have a combo price at this point. The cost of each course is currently reduced much lower than its full price.

      Thanks for asking and Happy Turning,
      Kent

  19. Hi Kent,
    I’m looking forward to taking your course soon. To follow-up on a question from above about the course material being different from your excellent “free” videos on your YouTube channel–
    Will the course videos be the same videos from the channel, just organized better and/or differently, or, new videos dedicated to course content, or both? The most challenging thing about being a newbie is trying to figure out what-to-watch-first on any YouTube channel dedicated to woodworking or turning. It’s pretty overwhelming!
    Your channel and content is amazing. Looking forward!
    Aaron

    1. Author

      Hi Aaron,
      The Wood Bowl Turning eCourse videos are all uniquely designed and produced for the course only and do not appear anywhere else.
      You will no longer have to hunt around online for which video to watch next. The course videos are all organized in the exact pattern you will need to execute a bowl. Hence the name Wood Bowl Turning Start-to-Finish!
      Great question, I look forward to having you in the course soon!
      Happy Turning,
      Kent

  20. Ken this is Ed I asked the question about the gouges I went back in the lessons and sure enough I found my answer all the info so far is here you just have to go back to find it thank for this course

  21. Hi Kent hope thanksgiving went well for you and your family I have my first practice bowl ready to go my question is I have 3 gouges 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inches which on should I use to get going

    1. Author

      Any of them will do, but the 1/2″ is the one I’ll be using throughout this course. Thank you.

  22. Kent,
    Are you going to cover live edge bowls in this course as well as the traditional finished bowls?

    1. Author

      Brad,
      Good question. This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of wood bowl turning. I may cover live edge turning in a different course. We are focused on getting all the steps, techniques, and skills established to make wood bowls in this course. Thanks and I hope to see you here soon.
      Happy Turning,
      Kent

    1. Author

      Dean,
      All the lessons are in video form and saved to each page so you can come back to them as much as you need, as often as you like, and whenever you need.

  23. Hey Kent!
    When we sign up for this course will we have access to the content for only a certain period of time? Or is it always available after purchase? If this is stated somewhere already, my apologies for asking a redundant question.

    Bruce

    1. Author

      Bruce,

      Good quesiton.

      When you sign up, you have LIFETIME ACCESS whenever you’d like.

      See you in the course.

      Happy Turning,
      Kent

      1. Kent does the sharpening section of this course contain all the info contained in you sharpening e-course or will I have to take that one also.

        1. Author

          Tom,
          Thanks for the question. No, the Tool Sharpening Course is separate and independent of the turning course. We will briefly cover how to sharpening the bowl gouge used in the turning course, but the sharpening course covers all tools used when turning wood bowls plus much more.
          Thanks,
          Kent

  24. Kent, including instructions for those

    Good morning. I have previously asked if you would consider video courses for those of us who use carbide turning tools for the entire project. I have not received an answer to date.

    1. Author

      Chris,
      In this online eCourse, I will be helping beginners, those who have started turning bowls, and carbide turners learn to turn with traditional woodturning tools, especially the bowl gouge. I may do a video about carbide turning in the future, but traditional tools render the best results when turning bowls.
      Thanks and Happy Turning,
      Kent

    1. Author

      Great question. This online eCourse is methodically laid out so you can follow the entire process of bowl turning from start to finish and see all the details (and options) along the way. You will learn the “process” most effectively by seeing and doing. We have exercises at various points along the way to reinforce the lessons. Also, the lessons are organized, easy to find, and always available for you to view. Learning in this manner will greatly accelerate your skills and help you along your journey to make the bowls you imagine. I hope to see you in the Course soon. Happy Turning!

  25. I like the sound of this course. One problem. Living in the U.K. !I have had problems
    buying equipment from the U.S.A on several occasions my order has apparently been ignored. will this happen again should I place an order for one of these courses, or will I be wasting my time?

    1. Author

      Hello Ernie,
      I’m sorry to hear you had orders ignored by others.
      No, I will not ignore your order when you sign up for this Course.
      This course is delivered online and you will have access as soon as you sign up.
      Thanks for writing!
      Happy Turning,
      Kent

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