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Thread: Thompson "V" Versus "U" Bowl Gouges

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Laurinburg NC

    Thompson "V" Versus "U" Bowl Gouges

    I have a 4 Thompson gouges....1/2" spindle gouge, a 3/8"V Bowl gouge, 1/2" V Bowl gouge and 5/8" V Bowl gouge...All are great tools but I am still learning on them. I am yet to try a "U" bowl and I have a birthday coming up in August so I am looking to hear how they compare if someone has used both. I do love his tools! Has anyone tried the 3/4" bowl gouges too?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    If you don't have a U shaped Thompson, that would be a good addition. Ultimately, you'll probably end up with two in each U and one V. For me, I find the U shape is handier on the insides of bowls, and the V is handier on the outside, particularly when I'm doing shearing cuts with the wings of the gouge.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I have four of the Thompson turning tools. I purchased three and one came as a gift from a very wonderful person. When I wanted to pay for it I was told, "Pass it forward." They are excellent tools. They sharpen well and easily. They stay sharp longer, even in hickory (a real tool duller).

    Even though I have had a lathe for several years I have used it very little until recently. So, even though I have a fair amount of "book learnin'" on the subject, I still consider myself a rank amateur. Vaughn, on the other hand, does beautiful sophisticated turning---pay attention to him!

    We have other excellent turners. I am sure you have seen their threads with pictures and explanations. You can figure out who they are; pay extra attention to their comments.

    Enjoy your turning,

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    My 3\8 "U" is the go to gouge for just about anything. I have the V also, but find myself using the V much more.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Jim my go to is a 1/2" and 3/8" U but I also use the V's which I have two of the same as the U's.
    Bernie W.

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