The emphasis of this class is to improve student’s technique with the bowl gouge so the tool becomes a subconscious extension of their hands which will allow the student to relax, have fun and release his or her creativity. Starting with a simple open form natural edge bowl then moving on to more advanced bowl shapes, such as round bottom closed form bowls, thin walled bowls, and elongated wing style platter/bowls. Students will develop the technique and finesse required for creating a cleanly cut surface that requires a minimum of sanding. Topics covered will include the concept of the ABC’s (anchor, bevel, cut) of tool control, different bowl gouge grinds and the various cuts available with it, different bevel angles and why we need them. Rudolph will also explain the benefits of the negative rake scraper, how to grind it and how safely it can be used in many situations. He will discuss the joy of turning green wood thin to allow the wood to warp and move, thus allowing the wood to influence the final shape, adding interest to the piece.