Stuart Batty is a third-generation woodturner, being a full-time production turner and teacher in his father Allan’s studio at age 16. During the past 35 years, Stuart has taught more than 5,000 amateur and professional woodturners. He has also taught and demonstrated around the world and at more than 200 AAW chapters throughout North America. Stuart’s style of work is greatly influenced by his background as a spindle turner with precise cuts and sharp detail. He uses very simple tools and tool shapes to create his pieces. Stuart’s artwork is pure lathe cut work, with no carving or surface texturing. Stuart believes we have only skimmed the surface of the potential of the wood lathe. With production woodturning as his background, his foundation in woodturning helped him perfect the "Push Cut" style and other useful techniques, such as negative rake scraping.
My classes are based on students learning the European style of "Push Cutting" with gouges and chisels. Students learn the actions to correctly perform the six cuts that make every shape possible in woodturning, without torn grain and little physical effort. They also learn when and where to use conventional and negative rake scraping techniques as a support to cutting techniques. Students also get to practice free hand grinding on a platform all the various tools used in the class.
This class is based more on learning and practicing techniques than making and finishing pieces. There are however, several projects that will be both practiced and completed in the class.
Bowl Turning, variety of styles from thin walled to rimmed bowls, including internal jam chucking.
Broken surface cutting, which will include making a square or natural edge bowl.
Spherical cuts and sphere making, including external jam chucking.
Understanding how cutting works on a lathe and the actions that make all the cuts.
Correct feet positions for each cut. The orientation of the wood grain and how import this is.
Correct and secure chucking techniques. Free hand grinding of all gouges, chisels and scrapers.
Understanding when and where to use conventional and negative rake scraping.
Our Dale L. Nish School of Woodturning facility is located in beautiful Provo, Utah, just 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.
Upon registering for a class, we will send you an email containing our Workshop Guide in pdf format to assist you in planning your visit to Utah. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
In the event of cancellation:
We reserve the right to cancel workshops up to 4 weeks prior to the class date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, full tuition will be refunded. Please do not make airline reservations more than 4 weeks prior to the first day of class as we do not reimburse for any travel expenses incurred.
Cancellations less than 6 weeks prior to the start of class will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.