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Stuart Batty and Ashley Harwood 5 Day Techniques & Project Class 5th-9th Feb. 2018
Cost: $1195 - Max of 10 students (Stuart & Ashley main instructors - Christian Brisepierre & Ron Measom will be assisting)
All students turn on full size minimum 2hp lathes
Learn to turn with no torn grain
Stuart and Ashley’s class based on improving the understanding and application of the most effective way to cut wood on a lathe. Open to all levels, this class can benefit anyone from novice to professional woodturner.
There are six fundamental cuts in woodturning, almost identical for both spindle and bowl turning. The style of woodturning that is taught in this class is hundreds of years old and based on the European style of Push Cut. However, it has been simplified to work with less tools and simple grinds.
Everyone who takes the class learns to cut the wood with zero torn grain and with very little physical effort – there should be no stress or strain on the body. Almost any cut can be performed with 2 lbs. of pressure or less. Even roughing down a large rough-cut bowl requires very little muscle when utilizing this push cut. Students leave the Woodturning Fundamentals class with a clear understanding of how each technique works and can be applied.
Every cut is broken down into comprehensive steps, so that anyone can learn and perfect these cuts. Each of the six cuts is practiced in a variety of both spindle and bowl turning shapes. Students learn to free hand grind, which is quicker and more accurate than jig grinding.
Stuart and Ashley will also be teaching Negative Rake Scraping techniques in the class, as a support technique to the Push Cut.
While the focus of this class is on building technical skill rather than trying to make a masterpiece, students will work on a number of different spindle turning and bowl turning projects such as thin bowls, square bowls, ornaments with fine finials, etc.
Stuart is a third-generation woodturner, being a full-time production turner and teacher in his father’s studio at age 16. At 19, he started working for Craft Supplies in England, at the time the world’s largest supplier to woodturners. During his 6 years at Craft Supplies, he was the in-house woodturning teacher and demonstrator. During the past 34 years, Stuart has taught more than 3,000 amateur and professional woodturners. He has demonstrated and taught in 12 countries and for more than 180 AAW chapters throughout the US. Stuart’s style of work is greatly infuenced 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. His work is pure lathe work, with no carving or surface texturing. Stuart’s artwork has been sold through prestigious galleries across Europe and the US. He also has artwork displayed in the permanent White House collection. Stuart believes we have only skimmed the surface of the potential of a 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.
Ashley Harwood currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she creates her work and teaches at her personal studio. She has demonstrated in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, as far away as Australia. Her teaching focuses on fine spindle turning and the Push Cut method of bowl turning along with the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing. Ashley focuses on works that are completed entirely on the lathe, without carving, texturing, or burning. She uses simple, classic forms along with distinctive design elements that result in an approachable body of work with a high level of craftsmanship. Primarily, she makes utilitarian bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. Her teaching has a strong focus on tool control and sharpening. Find out more about Ashley by visiting her website: ashleyharwood.net, on Instagram @ashleygharwood, or on facebook
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