Well folks, today, the clouds parted and angels descended singing hallelujahs. At least, I thought I heard them. Spent most of the day today at the shop of a friend from my woodturning club. After helping another fellow member conquer the skew he turned his efforts to helping me overcome the bowl gouge. I have four of them and, until today, never was able to do more than 'touch and catch' when trying to use them. He sharpened the two biggest and demonstrated their use. Hey! They work! Actually, I believe the way they were sharpened was a huge part of the problem. With the current sharpening angles, they actually cut wood. I got a start on two bowls. One a piece of alder Vaughn sent me, the other walnut. The walnut bowl is now a funnel. Friend/instructor went all the way through with his depth gauge drill demo. I'll have to do something imaginative with that. Vaughn's alder has some side by side very soft and very hard knot spots and will require some work but it will end up a decent something, I'm sure. Good news, no more 'touch and catch' and I actually make curlies and shavings with the bowl gouges.