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  1. Your comment on smells of an old-time hardware store really hit home for me.
    I have loved the smell of wood being tooled in most all aspects. Today I started a bowl from recently felled Chestnut tree . I see you have experienced many species of wood. Do you have access to chestnut ?
    I live in Northeast Tennessee and am blessed with abundance of woods due to storms and land clearing. I would gladly share this abundance should you desire . I see you speak of traveling for wood opportunities.
    Feel free to contact me if interested.
    Via your videos, I feel Ive know you for a while. I admire your teaching style and passion.

    1. John,
      Thank you for writing and sharing! And thank you for the offer. As much as I’d like to think I can take all wood offers, I do have limits. LOL Or at least space limits.
      Chestnut is fantastic! Enjoy anf Happy Turning!
      Thanks for you kindness.

  2. Once I have completed a lesson and marked it completed is there anyway to go back and review a lesson?

    1. Leland,
      Yes, all the lessons are still available to you.
      Marking them is just a reference for you to know which you’ve completed.
      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

  3. I have turned a few bowls, but am not so sure about using gouges. I have tried, but have had many bad catches. So I havegone to using the carbide tools.
    I am now taking the gouge course, and in a short time am getting used to the tools now. The videos help a lot .

    1. Cecil,
      Yay!!! I’m so excited for you. Yes, the gouge can be intimidating at first, but with practice you will see improvement.
      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

  4. Kent,
    I have to say the bowl GOUGE was the most intimidating tool I have. I have only turned one bowl on my new lathe and used carbide tools to turn with. After watching the Bowl Gouge Mastery course – I mounted up a new bowl blank and turned the entire bowl with my bowl gouge. The information provided in the course – along with watching the entire course on sharpening techniques made all the difference in my confidence level. What a difference it makes with a newly sharpened tool! I’m excited to get the next blank mounted and start making more wood shavings. Thank you for putting together these courses. They really are helpful and I look forward to the bowl turning course as soon as I complete the bowl gouge course.

    Randy M.
    Phoenix, AZ

    1. Randy,
      Thank you for writing and sharing! I’m thrilled to hear of your rapid conversion to the bowl gouge. I’m excited to hear about your future turnings. I think, with practice, you will soon see the possibilities are limitless.
      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

  5. Hi Kent,
    I am considering purchasing the Wood Bowl turning course. I understand this is an online course. Where I will be doing most of my turning is where there is no internet access. Is this program downloadable meaning can it be stored on a jump drive or on my computer? I would need to drive 30+ miles to a library for computer access.

    Tom Appel

    1. Tom,
      Thank you for writing and sharing! I’m sorry to say you will need internet to access the courses. You can view them on your smartphone.
      Happy Turning!

    1. JJ,
      Good question.
      This course has 52+ individual video lessons with a total viewing time of over 3 hours and 20 minutes.
      The amount of time it takes to complete is up to you.
      There are turning exercises that are suggested and the total time will depend on your efforts.
      I hope that answers your question.
      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

  6. Kent,
    Bowl gouge work is becoming much more satisfying. As I am riding the bevel the wood shaving are looking like one of your instruction videos. Wow.
    I just noticed some ugly end grain tear out. I will be reviewing how to make supported cuts to avoid the end grain issue. Thanks again for precise instructions.

    1. Michael,
      Thank you for writing and sharing!
      I’m so happy you’re seeing improvement.
      Enjoy and Happy Turning!

  7. Sorry to ask this question but I can see a lot of articles to do with sharpening but in your e-course do you turn many bowls. I would like to see your process for turning bowls with the explanation of why you are making a certain cut or is that what the public videos are for. I really enjoy all of your videos, very well explained.

    1. Leonard,
      Thank you for writing and sharing!
      Good Question. Each course deals with a specific topic. While Bowl Gouge Mastery does touch on the bowl turninn process, that course is focused on the fine art on mastering the gouge. The Wood Bowl Turning course goes through all the details of turning and touches on the bowl gouge, but not to the extent that the Bowl Gouge Mastery course does. I hope that helps answer your question.
      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

  8. Kent,
    Before I took your course I was very reluctant to turn my bowls. Now after following your three exercises I sense my confidence returning. Ah, nice.
    Michael H.

    1. Michael,
      Thank you, for your kind words! I’m thrilled you are seeing your confidence return! You got this!
      Enjoy and Happy Turning!

  9. Kent,
    Wow, thanks for the waste wood tip. I just finished no. 2 in my supply of 12, More practice tomorrow. I have about 25 bowls I have done. Some beautiful, some exploded when I had a nasty catch. But no catches today. On my first try today I could do the shear cut very nicely, but, the pull or push cuts left unsightly gouges. Then I sharpened my gouge. “Duh” then I made fabulous cuts, very smooth. Yes, I know I should have sharpened earlier. But, I am glad it happened this way, now I know what a dull tool is like. And how to fix it.
    Great course. I liked the shorter sessions.
    Michael H.

  10. At the end of lesson 3-12 grinding back the bottom of the bevel. Doing this with say a 5/8” bowl gouge, after grinding back the bevel the bevel appears to be the equivalent of a 1/2” gouge but on a 5/8” bowl gouge. That to me would give the strength of a large gouge and the control of a smaller gouge for interior work. This would also help with eliminating vibration if you have to over-extend the gouge farther into the interior of the bowl. Great tip.

  11. Is this a subset of the Bowl Turning Start to Finish?

    Can’t take both so want to make the best choice.

    1. Bill,

      Bowl Gouge Mastery is an in-depth comprehensive course on mastering all the skills needed for using the bowl gouge.

      We do cover many aspects of bowl turning, but this is not a bowl turning course. There is some overlap with the two courses.

      If you plan to make bowls, and can only do one course I’d recommend the Wood Bowl Turning course. The best path is the Tool Sharpening, Bowl Gouge Mastery, then Wood Bowl Turning courses, in that order.

      All the best to you and Happy Turning!

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