The following is a safety warning to all turners out there. Make sure to check the wood over carefully before turning. I thought I did that but this happened:
It was a piece of cherry that had a knot on the side of it that I did not see before starting to turn. I roughed it to round at a low speed, then turned up the speed, before I could get my tool in hand the piece blew up and the smaller piece hit me inn the chest at about 900 rpms.
Lesson learned, inspect all pieces before turning
-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI