I use a 1/2" or 3/8" bowl gouge with a Ellsworth grind. I start from the rim and go down to the bottom. You have to stop right at the center of the bottom. You go past and it will catch and skate your gouge around. For the finial cuts I use my P & N either 3/8" or 1/2" bowl gouge with the conventional grind. I watch Mike Mahoney use these and then bought his video From The Tree To The Table. He shows how to use these at a closer angle. If I have some tear out I put a little mineral oil on it and then make my last couple of passes. If you don't stop when you start a cut you can almost start sanding at 180 or 220.
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