I'm still a novice with the bowl steady, having only used it a dozen times or so on larger, thin bowls over the last several months. I honestly haven't found it helped as well as I had hoped, and I generally make do without. That said, there is a learning curve with everything on the lathe, and maybe I just haven't given it enough time to figure out the nuances of the bowl steady. I'd love to hear how others are (or aren't) using them. Thanks!