I'm very similar in my turning...I use a roughing gouge, either a 7/8" or 1-1/4" Carter & Son. I use the roughing gouge start to finish on wood (for resins I use other tools). I used to use it in a scraping mode, but more recently I've found that if I can get the upslope of the U on the gouge to cut, its more like a sheer cut, and it seems to just cut better than the scraping mode.I am largely self-taught with tool technique, so I will never recommend my humble skills.
For what it's worth, I regularly use a 3/4" Sorby roughing gouge for pens, usually as a scraper - start to finish. I also am a horribly SLOW turner... I like the time spent turning, when it is done the fun is done. So I take my time. YES - I am not a production turner, or need to replenish my inventory for the next weekends show.
I regrind occasionally, but hone often - 4-5x per pen. For certain woods, it just doesn't feel right, so I go to some smaller HSS and carbides. Not sure why, probably 'user-error'. I suspect I like the heft of a larger tool - less chatter, less movement. It works for me.