After reading Vaughn's sad post about a fatality from a bowl blank exploding and hitting the turner, I got to thinking about turning red cedar.
According to the post the bowl blank was "cedar". It did not specify what kind.
Where I live there is an abundance of red cedar. For turning, I have a real love/hate relationship with it. But, I have stopped using it altogether because of the 'hate' part. Oddly, for a while I made some money selling red cedar to turners in parts of the country that don't have it.
For those who have never tried turning red cedar......it is a very soft, easy to turn wood. That is the 'love' part. But, at the same time, a very brittle wood. Catches can, and usually do, cause breaks/explosions and a destroyed project. If turning the project, like a vase, is successful, it is a very pretty wood.
Red cedar has many tiny knots, any of which can cause a catch and subsequent break/explosion. That is the 'hate' part.
I'll opine that you are more likely to have a failure turning larger items than success. That can be dangerous.
Wondering how many of y'all turn red cedar and what your experiences are with it.