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.