Stuart Batty is a third generation apprenticed woodturner, who started turning at the age of 10 under the expert tutelage of his father Allen Batty. Stuart became a professional production turner and woodturning teacher at the age of 16. Stuart has taught around the world for over 38 years in twelve countries and all 50 states in the USA. Stuart also creates a limited number of art pieces, one of which is in the White House.

Off Center Square/Winged Bowl & Negative Rake Scraping

In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to minimize off balance problem while turning. This demo will include both gouge work and negative rake scraping. I will be demonstrating how to easily finish the wings of the bowl with no torn grain or damage to the edges of the piece and how to mate the wing surface to the bowl shape, leaving a very clean sharp corner.

Perfecting the Art of Cutting

In this demonstration, I’ll be covering the 7 Fundamentals Setups to eliminate most of the variables in woodturning. I’ll will be demonstrating and explaining how I cut the wood to avoid any torn grain on any species of wood, using a maximum of two pounds of pressure. I’ll also be explaining that knowing grain direction is essential to good cutting and that the techniques for spindle and bowl turning are vertically identical.

Spindle & Bowl Turning

This demonstration shows the relationship between spindle and bowl turning. Grain orientation is explained, as knowing the grain direction is essential to successful cutting. Stuart will also explain the difference between slicing and peeling, as well as how to combine both in the same cut, which enables large volume cuts with no torn grain.

Bowl Turning with the 40/40 and Bottom Bowl Gouge Grinds

The bowl gouge with its 40-degree bevel and 40 degree straight wings is capable of large volume cuts directly to finish without any torn grain. In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to create both the 40/40 bowl gouge and the bottom bowl gouge grinds freehand on a platform. I will show how both gouges are controlled to form the desired shape with little physical effort and repeatability.