Hello everyone!! I have been turning for several years. I have turned 250 to 300 bowls without a serious injury. Every once in a while I cut myself, bruise something and its usually my fault. This past Saturday I goofed up big time…......I was turning a mesquite bowl that was out of balance. I realize these are more challeging and slightly more dangerous to turn. I had finished shaping the outside of the bowl and was working on the inside. As I was turning it my tool slipped and my left hand went to where it should not go, in between the toolrest and the mesquite bowl. I had to go to the ER. It took 8 stiches to sew up the cut on my hand++++++++I broke my pinky finger. Now I’m out of the shop for about 6 weeks.
The reason for this post is to remind everyone how dangerous woodworking can be and we all need to remember safety first. I have been turning long enough to know to keep the toolrest as close as possible to the piece I’m working on….......Saturday I didn’t follow this rule, now I have to pay.
-- William from the oldest town in Texas