Stuart Batty - February 2020
Northwest Woodturners has two types of classes – Visitor classes and NWWT-developed classes.
Nationally Known Instructors
Our visitor classes are conducted by nationally known woodturners visiting us for our monthly general meeting and stay on for two days of classes or demos. We have had Stuart Batty, Ashley Hardwood, Glenn Lucas, Janice Levi, Dale Larson, Carl Jacobson, Reed Gray, Jimmie Allen and other well-known and respected turners.
NWWT has developed a series of classes targeted at beginners and intermediate turners who are interested in learning the craft or improving their skills. We have seven club midi-lathes, each equipped with a bright light, chucks, live centers, measurement tools and everything needed for the classes. We have plenty of loaner tools that you can use and try out. In addition, we have four sharpening stations equipped with CBN wheels and Oneway Wolverine sharpening jigs.
In addition to the instructor and co-instructor, there are three or four helpers who are experienced turners and can provide one-on-one supervision during the practice times.
Class registration is limited to seven students, after which a waitlist is started in case of cancellation. Our location is a heated barn with doors on two ends for good air flow and is large enough for the lathes to adhere to the current "social distancing" guidelines.
All classes are designed to maximize time on the lathe. A short demonstration by the instructor is followed by hands-on work at the lathe with the help of the assistants.
The Five Classes
Requirements and general information for all classes
- Proof of Vaccination is required
- Students must be members of NWWT
- Class will be limited to 7 students - one per lathe
- Instructors and helpers are experienced NWWT members
- 4 Sharpening systems will be available
- A basic tool set is available for each lathe for basic level classes
- All wood will be supplied
- Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection, ear protection)
- Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
Bowl Turning 101
The objective of the class is to go home with a bowl (or two) made during the class and the skills needed to make one at home.
Spindle Turning 101Course Objectives
The primary objective of this course is to walk beginners through making basic spindle pieces such as a candle stick, honey dipper or simple toy. This course is targeted at members who have never turned wood, or who want to take a refresher course before advancing to more complex spindle projects.
Bowl Turning 201
The primary objective of this course is to refine your skills in the finer details of bowl turning. When you look at a bowl, your eye is very discerning. You will learn optimal bowl shapes, rim designs, and base options. Skills learned here will help you advance to the next level of expertise.
The 201 bowl project will vary for each class. Typical examples are: Viking Bowl, Calabash Bowl, Live-Edge Bowl, Platter, Plate, etc.
Woodturning Spindle Projects 201
An introduction to using the skew chisel will be included.
Prerequisite Skills: If you have not developed the skills described below or are unsure, attend an open shop session and discuss it with one of the helpers before registering for this course. Skills required are: