Special note: many online videos, websites, demonstrations, and experienced professional woodturners exhibit unsafe practices and procedures. Do not assume that what you are observing is correct and safe.


Do not assume the items your purchase are safe, even if they come from a reputable vendor or manufacturer.  Some people believe international laws and US laws require the sale of safe items. 

The truth is laws alone do not.  

Safety is and always will be the responsibility of YOU the user.

One AAW Publication that we all should read. -  SAFETY MATTERS From the Eye of a Survivor- this comes highly recommended.
Links to safety related items shared by MSWG members.  

"Often when someone is injured, we immediately look for the rule that that person broke and tell ourselves that the injury could have been avoided and that we don’t have to worry about being injured because we would never do that. But this is probably the most dangerous attitude of all because it leads us into a somewhat arrogant overconfidence that is a perfect setup for injury."  
An Unfortunate Reminder by David DeCristoforo 

Let us not forget Joan Kelly's death and the safety lessons she taught us. 
For those who do not know about Joan's death, here is a summary by her husband Ernest Kelly.

"Many of you are already aware of Joan's dreadful accident on May 4, 2011, but I will give a brief account: Joan was turning a heavy bowl blank on her lathe. It flew to pieces and one large piece struck her in the face and forehead causing profuse bleeding and underlying injuries to the face and skull. I found her within what must have been a very few minutes, called an ambulance, and applied a compress. She got to the hospital having lost a great deal of blood and requiring transfusions. She immediately went into surgery. Over the last ten days, her blood pressure and other vital signs have generally stabilized. We hope that the swelling is decreasing, and Tuesday a lumbar puncture lowered the pressure on the brain dramatically. We pray for a good recovery, but she has not yet regained consciousness. She is receiving outstanding medical care."

Skip Wilbur (President of MSWG at that time) had to write the following:

"It is with great sadness I report that our dear friend and club member Joan Kelly went to eternal life today. The injury Joan sustained two weeks ago was too much for her body to overcome. Please keep her family in your prayers, they have been through a lot. There will be a memorial service Saturday morning at 11:00 at Balmoral Presbyterian Church."

Read more about Joan Kelly in this book (click on the book image to download)