I have made a bunch of pens and wondered that after turning to round, if anyone used a 1/4 inch parting tool to take off the majority of material and then turn to dimension? May not be any faster than using a roughing gouge. Curious.
If you can learn to use the skew you will not be sorry. It is a great tool for us pen turners because many times you can go right from tool to finish with no sanding.Thanks for the replies. Need to get some wood and become familiar with the skew. Right now I use a roughing gouge for the whole operation.
An aside- donstephan, we miss Skyline chili!
That's a good video on catches.Found this to be helpful and need to review it from time to time. https://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/02/27/understanding-woodturning-catches