I'm back in the shop !!

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Project by Cousinwill posted 08-17-2012 02:31 AM 1483 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 6 weeks of healing from my accident in the shop I’m back !! My first project was to finish turning the bowl that created 6 weeks of down time, pain, blood, scar, broken finger and lots of medical bills !!! I do have to say my heart was pounding when I start turning this bowl,,,,again. Fortunately I was able to finish it without any more medical bills!!!!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 02:53 AM

I missed the post when you announced your accident but welcome back nonetheless ! It’s a beautiful bowl, made all the more memorable by what happened along the way. I’ve done some live edge turning myself, including pieces with voids in them, and they certainly require an extra level of care, or else ! Good luck !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 03:01 AM

Thanks MonteCristo !!! Believe me I do know about the extra level of care !!!! Here is the link to the post about my accident

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 03:33 AM

Very nice bowl. You conquered it!


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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 09:59 AM

Beautiful work.

Been on the injury side far to often. We heal and we learn….....we hope!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 10:41 AM

Nice bowl. Really like the live edge. I too had a slight injury this week while turning a burl, out of balance, and learned a lesson. Lesson number one is be sure and keep the tool rest close to the work. Lesson number two is take the time to balance it as close as possible before starting the turning process.
Its was my fault and it never would have happen if i would have kept the tool rest close where the tool could get in between the wood and the rest.
Like Monte said we heal and we learn.
Not healed yet but sure learned.
Glad to see you back in the shop but be careful in the future. Don’t want to read about any of the lumberjocks getting hurt.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 12:32 PM

Tom—glad to hear your injury wasn’t severe, what happened to you is exactly what happened to me !!!! We all learned lessons in the shop everyday, hopefuly we get the message before something bad happens !!!!!!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#7 posted 08-17-2012 04:40 PM

Glad to have you back. Even happier to hear that you’re okay. I have had a couple scares with my lathe, but fortnately the person that gave me my first “lesson” pretty much told me if there’s room between your rest and your work, something is going to find its way in between. I think the fact that I’m still relatively new to turning keeps it on the forefront of my mind… hopefully it stays there.

Good looking bowl! should have stained it with your blood as a reminder. A little creepy, but a good story nonetheless.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 05:47 PM

Wow! Glad your ok. Beautiful bowl.

-- Chuck

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#9 posted 08-17-2012 09:12 PM

hi glad you are all healed and back in the shop it s always hard to get back in the saddle after a fall keep on turning
love the natural edge bowl

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#10 posted 08-19-2012 12:19 AM

So glad you are back in the shop! Your bowl is gorgeous, what is the material and finish?


-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 03:06 AM

Sedcokid—-Thanks for the nice comment. The wood is Mesquite and the finish is General Finish Wood Turners Finish.

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 09:28 PM

Will, I wanted to look at your work after your comment on my recent natural edge bowl. Reading a bit about your accident and being determined to conquer this piece of wood, I just had to comment even though this was over a year ago. I don’t have to tell you that woodturning can be hazardous to your health. I learned some hard lessons over the past few years, although I have managed to escaped with very minor injuries. I learned to keep things between centers as long as possible even when using a chuck. A big piece of wood flying off the lathe when a tendon breaks can make a believer out of you. Lol. Glad you didn’t give up this is a pretty piece of wood.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 11-06-2013 12:03 AM

Schwieb you are right about woodturning dangers !! I learned a lot that day in the shop and haven’t had that accident happen again… Keep turning and posting pictures !!!!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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