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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Safety. Always.

    Some of you have likely already heard, but the woodturning community lost a very talented and giving person this week. Joan Kelly, a very experienced and talented woodturning artist and teacher, passed away earlier this week. She was turning a large cedar bowl a couple of weeks ago when it exploded. She received serious injuries to her face and forehead, and after two weeks of unconsciousness in the hospital, she was declared brain dead and removed from life support May 17.

    To learn more about Joan, and for information on the Joan Kelly Memorial Fund that has been set up on the Woodturners America site, please have a look at this article:

    I never met or corresponded with Joan, but I have several friends who did know her, and I've seen how hard her death has hit them. The overwhelming response from the woodturning community, particularly many of the more experienced turners, has been a renewed attitude about the importance of wearing a face shield. Always wear appropriate safety equipment when turning. Always.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    All I can say is, wow. She was a very talented person. This shows it can happen to anyone. If it isn't on a mandrel, a shield is required in my school shop. This and the college student that died this year shows the patience of our machines to wait on us to make a mistake. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I kind of hate to thank you for posting this Vaughn.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Sad to hear about. May she rest in peace
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Never heard of her, but offer my condolences to her family.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That is a great loss to her family, friends, students and the woodturning community.

    Thanks for the safety reminder. I am also guilty of avoiding the safety shield. I will try to put it on every time I turn.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, ďHi, Honey, Iím home Ė forever.Ē

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Such a sad reminder...condolences to the family & friends!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Sad. Don't know what else to say.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I think the thread title says it best.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    i've always used a face sheild. now that i have the new one, i like it very much, and hardly notice that it's there.
    benedictione omnes bene

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