I was working on a natural edge ash bowl Friday night. The blank had a number of voids and cracks, so I was being cautious and light with my cuts. After partially hollowing the inside, I decided to take...wait for it...here it comes...just one last cut...on the outside to clean up a little tearout by the rim. Lathe speed was brisk...a bit over 1000 rpm.
I touched the gouge to the wood, the tenon broke, and the bowl hit me in the face and broke in two when it hit my face shield (a Trend Airshield). I looked for about 5 minutes and still haven't been able to find the other half of the bowl. I wasn't hurt at all, although I might have a stiff neck when I wake up on Saturday.
Just a friendly reminder to wear your face protection.