Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 207: Stuart Batty

Today was the big day, close to 80 woodturners attended Stuart Batty's demo in Sun City.  We had turners from all over the Phoenix area as well as some up from Tucson and down from Prescott and Flagstaff.  Stuart has changed up his demo significantly since the last time I saw him demonstrate around 3 years ago.  Today was focused more on technique, tool presentation, and sharpening rather than "project" demos where the demonstrator typically will do one of more projects over the course of the demo.  He did do a thin walled bowl as part of his demo but it was more to demonstrate the process and technique required to turn it safely. 

He now has 5 days of hands on classes ahead of him.  6 club members have signed up for a 2 day beginners course and then 6 more club members will be taking a 3 day intermediate/advanced course.  The classes aren't cheap but an opportunity like this doesn't come around very often.

In conjunction with the demonstration and the classes we had a buy tavel from California with a load of wood for use in the classes and with a trailer load of Maple Burl to sell to club members.  I was able to resist temptation and keep my walled in my pocket but still ended up coming home with a full load.  At the end of the day the club purchased the remaining wood at a substantial discount.  It will be used for fundraising and/or prizes for raffles and other club activities.  Until then it resides in my garage, taking up what little space I had available.

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