Before operating a lathe, please understand that a lathe can be a very dangerous machine, when not operated safely. In conjunction with turning, often other potential dangerous situations arise. To this end, we highly recommend you consult the AAW website for a complete review of lathe SAFETY GUIDELINES. In addition, you will find on their site other safety related information regarding wood toxicity and dust collection. The GVWG has produced or references other important safety related articles below.
DEMONSTRATING - members of the GVWG that demonstrate at Guild sponsored events need to be approved by the Guild. The following is the process and criteria for a member to become approved. The need for assessment is strictly one of safety - to operate a lathe in such a manner as to not endanger any spectators.
Guild Member Safety Review / Evaluation
Checklist for public demonstration
Please contact the President if you wish to apply.
Lathe & Shop Safety by Geoff Whaling
Fire safety in the shop OR... Smokey the Bear meets Red Green
Fire safety for woodturners
Stay healthy - dust collection for woodturners
More on dust collection
Event Request Application
In addition, the woodturner may use other machines such as bandsaws and rotary carvers and many others. Please make sure you understand their intended use and limitations and adhere to all safety precautions including personal protective equipment.