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A book I read recently when I got my first lathe said not to bother getting the tools really sharp. It emphasized keeping a concave or straight bevel and avoiding a convex bevel.
I've got sharpening the scrapers down now. A burr like a card scarper - big for soft wood, small or none for hardwood.
What about the gouges and chisels? My natural bent is to get a mirror stropped finish on the tools like a carving tool or a plane iron. How do the experienced turners sharpen? How far do you go with the edge? Are different tools sharpened differently?
Thanks in advance for the information. I'm a real neophyte turner - I know about enough now to get some real value out of a basic lathe class.
Right now, I'm turning wet olive into bowl blanks that will be dried in supermarket brown bags and final turned later. (P.S. - I[m terrified of the chisel after a few rough catches - that's what I need the class for.)