Just spent an hour with my new 1/2" and 5/8" Thompson V Gouges mated with beautiful Dave Peebles' handles. I'm in love.
The gouges are sweet, the grind is perfect "out of the box" for me and the handles look really spiffy with them. The weight of the handle is right between a Glaser and wood, again perfect for me.
Working with some 3-year old holly that is about 2 days away from being too rotten to turn, but the spalting makes me gotta try! There will maybe pics of finished vessels in a couple weeks during my semester break.