How This Course Works

This course is designed to help you sharpen the tools needed to turn wooden bowls, with particular attention given to the bowl gouge. We will be focusing on tool sharpening and won’t be covering all the facets of wood bowl turning here. Other courses located here as well as the content on TurnAWoodBowl.com, dive deeper into all the aspects of turning wood bowls.

This course is designed to progress from start to finish, but you can also jump around to whatever section is essential to you. When you have completed a part, click the “Mark Complete” button to mark your progress.

I recommend you review all the content in the “Intro,” “Equipment,” and “Safety” sections (follow all the usage and safety guidelines provided by any product manufacturer first and foremost) of the wood bowl tool sharpening course. In these sections, we will cover topics that are important for all aspects of sharpening.

You can come back to any material in any section at any time. Occasionally, when it becomes necessary, new content will be added to this course. So come back often and check-in to see what’s new. Marking off the sections you have completed will help you see if any new material has been added.

If you have a question or comment, leave a comment at the bottom of the appropriate lesson or section. Your input is essential to help add even more depth to this class.

Please note this course is for the use of each individual member and is copyrighted by US law. Any distribution, copying, or sharing of this information is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Content Added to this eCourse

  • Beading Tool Sharpening add 05/2020
  • Robert Sorby ProEdge Sharpening Lessons added 06/2020
  • Bevel Angle Turning Demo Video (26 mins) 07/2020
  • Safety disclosure added 07/2020
  • Chisel kit tool info added to Oneway info 07/2020
  • Micro-Bevel text update 07/2020
  • Troubleshooting Quiz bug fixed 8/2020
  • Robert Sorby Swept-back video updated 8/2020
  • Oneway Micro Bevel video updated 8/2020
  • Scraper burr edge illustration added 8/2020

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Kent: Great content and excellent teaching skills. Have taken this course and continue to review. I’m a member of a local woodturning club and learned a lot from them. This adds exponentially to that. I have been using a 1/2 “ Robert Sorbey fingernail grind bowl gouge and I modified a 3/8 “ gouge I ground to the Microbevel Grind coached by the club members before I saw your site. I use the Wolverine sharpening system and getting better results after your instruction. Was going to buy a standard grind gouge and modify it to the 55 degree swept back grind but decided to buy Hurricane gouge that is already set to that.
I noticed in some videos the platform has some lines scribed at 45 degrees across the corners and sometimes with blue painter’s tape across the upper corners. Have looked again at several lessons but so far have not seen an explanation for it. What’s the rationale?
DJ

Kent W (Administrator) November 26, 2022 at

DJ,
Thank you for writing and sharing!
The lines you are seeing are used when doing the 40/40 freehand grind. Check it out in that lesson.
All the best to you and Happy Turning!
Kent

Charles Putnam October 13, 2022 at

Kent,

I’m still new to wood turning, and need to hone (pun intended) my sharpening skills. I have two questions before taking the course. First, I want to be sure that I can do a good job sharpening my skews, but I don’t see a lesson devoted to that tool. Will the scraper lesson help me with skew sharpening? Second, I own the Vevor jig, and believe it’s pretty similar to the Wolverine. Is that a fair assumption?

You are a really gifted teacher. Your descriptions are clear, the videography is expert and the sequencing masterful. Thanks for all the wonderful learning resources you make available to those of us who are new to this hobby.

Charlie Putnam

Kent W (Administrator) October 16, 2022 at

Charlie,
Thank you for writing and sharing! While I do not specially address the skew, it is very similar to the scrapers. I’m not familiar with the Vevor jig, but I cover many universal concepts and ideas that apply to all sharpening systems. All the best to you and Happy Turning! Kent

Charles Putnam October 16, 2022 at

Thanks. I’ll sign up later today!

daddydno@gmail.com August 26, 2022 at

Thank you for the course on sharpening. I recently bought a used Nova 1624-II. I believe that I have a wobble in the machine. I seems that no matter how round or smooth I make a bowl, my tools still chatter and bounce. I start at a low rpm to rough out ( 300 to 500 rpm ) but still get a vibration even when I think the bowl is rounded and smooth and when I increase the rpm, the vibration smooths out ( which seems counter intuitive to me ) and I still feel my tools chatter. I am keeping my tools sharp. Do you have any thoughts on this? Thanks, Dean Smith

Kent W (Administrator) September 7, 2022 at

Make sure all the feet are stabilized with no gaps on the floor or bench. Try some weight, such as sand bags to support the base. If all these fails, contact Nova, you might have bad bearings. All the best to you and Happy Turning!

lindalkeener@gmail.com August 22, 2022 at

I’ve been playing with the idea of wood turning for years. Finally, I have bought a second hand Sears lathe and 3 ancient Shop Smith 10ER machines that I am reconditioning (a nice word for tearing them apart and putting them back together separately) so I now have a jig saw, table saw, standing drill press and an old black and decker band saw that runs with a hand drill. Thankfully each of those machines came with lathe tools so I have a bunch to practice sharpening and then using to begin my dream of becoming a successful wood turner, I realize it isn’t the fanciest set up, but hopefully it will get me going :). I love you YouTube videos and look forward to learning everything you can teach me about your craft. Thank You1!

Kent W (Administrator) August 23, 2022 at

Linda,

Thank you for writing and sharing! It sounds like you have quite the set up and you are on your way to turning.

Be sure to take your time and enjoy the whole process. Remember; persistent, patient practice will yield the bowls you imagine creating!

All the best to you and Happy Turning!
Kent

allisonkorba@gmail.com August 7, 2022 at

Kent,

I have been turning for a few years now, but always struggled with sharpening. I loved this course and was finally able to see where my mistakes were! I highly recommend this course to any turner, new or seasoned! I learned exactly where my mistakes were being made and was able to correct all of them and make nice, clean, and sharp tools! This course is a great precursor to your bowl turning course! I’m glad that you have this as a lifetime access course because sometimes we get complacent and need to come back to the basics for a little reminder!

Thank you for such an informative and awesome course!
Allison

Kent W (Administrator) August 9, 2022 at

Allison,
Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad this course has cleared up details for you. After all, having sharp tools is key and helps you focus on your turning which should take the front stage.
All the best to you and Happy Turning!
Kent

I am enrolling for the turn a bowl full course and my shop does not have internet. How can I watch it on my laptop at the shop?
Thanks
Gary

Kent W (Administrator) March 21, 2022 at

Gary,

Have you tried tethering your smartphone’s wifi signal to your laptop? That is usually a very good solution.

All the best to you and Happy Turning!

j.mck@xtra.co.nz August 18, 2021 at

Hi Kent, long time subscriber but first time buying your lessons. I watch the lesson on the Robert Sorby Proedge sharpening system. I currently have a 6″ standard shop grinder running a 25mm and 40mm CBN but vibration is a constant issue. I’ve tried all the usual tricks to balance it including adding a speed controller but I still not happy with it. I’ve looked at moving up to an 8″ running CBN but love the jigs and simplicity of the Proedge. It has got some good reviews on u Tube but my only concern with it is possible chisel over heating. Do you use your Proedge often or is it just for specific grinds? Which do you prefer or is it not that simple? Thanks and love the channel!

Nga Mihi from Aotearoa – New Zealand
John McK

Kent W (Administrator) August 26, 2021 at

Hello John,
I would say the Sorby System has not overheated for me. I use the Oneway more probably because that is what I learned on. Also, the Oneway is a bit easier for making the long swept-back wings on my bowl gouge. That being said the Sorby ProEdge is a great system and does a fantastic job sharpening as well.

All the best to you and Happy Turning!

Kenneth Allen June 4, 2021 at

Hi, Kent. Here we are at day 1. After having watched Many of your videos I am ready to get my feet wet. Many I found you.lad days of happy turning ahead. Glad I found you.

Kent W (Administrator) June 5, 2021 at

Welcome, Kenneth! You can do it! All the best to you and Happy Turning!

oscaro@mindspring.com April 20, 2021 at

Hi Ken,

It would be great if I can do a search across all of the lesson’s text for a specific word/phrase I may be wanting to look back. The only way to do that now is start
clicking on every lesson and search on each webpage of the lesson.

Thanks,
Oscar

Kent W (Administrator) April 21, 2021 at

Oscar,

Thank you for writing and sharing!

Currently, the lessons are organized and labeled to make them easy to reference. I will look into search engine option for within the course.

Thanks.

wally@crawfordsales.com March 28, 2021 at

Does this course expire at some point or do we own it indefinitely for an extended period of time so that we can return for updates and re-educate ourselves?

Kent W (Administrator) April 3, 2021 at

Lifetime access for you. Enjoy and come back whenever you’d like. This may change in the future, but for now, that’s how it works. Enjoy

ibjanjohnson@hotmail.com March 25, 2021 at

I would like to use this course while I travel.
can I use it on my ipad, or do I need to buy two courses?

Kent W (Administrator) March 27, 2021 at

Yes, you can use this course on any device you have internet access. Simply return to the course main page and log in and the lessons will be open and available for you.
By the way, an iPad or other similar device is a good way to bring these lessons out to your shop also.
Enjoy and Happy Turning!

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