Woodturning is an inherently dangerous activity - spinning wood, sharp tools, and chemicals of all types.  Everyone is encouraged to follow safety rules, regulations and practices at all times and in all places.  Keep it fun by being safe!

REMEMBER:  Eyes are hard to replace.  WEAR EYE PROTECTION.  Lungs work best without reaction to dust.  Some woods are plain out toxic.  WEAR GOOD AIR FILTRATION.  Ears work best when they don't loose sensitivity due to excessive noise: WEAR HEARING PROTECTION when around excessively loud tools.  Keep your tools in good condition,  and lastly:  It helps to be able to see the actual floor so KEEP YOUR SHOP CLEAN !

Occasionally, the Inland Northwest Woodturners are offered opportunities to harvest wood.  Some times we are allowed to cut the trees down ourselves and other times the trees have already been fallen and we just have to pick them up.  Because the operation of chainsaws is an integral part of harvesting wood and because chainsaws are very dangerous, the policy of the Inland Northwest Woodturners is as follows:

Important Safety Considerations for future cuttings: All attendees are asked to wear eye and ear protection since several chainsaws will be in use. If you have not done so already, you will also be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate. Those members who have attended the chainsaw training sessions are invited to operate saws. Future harvests will be planned to include brief Chain Saw Safety training sessions for those that want to participate.

HOW DO I SAFELY Fell a tree?  This video is a must watch !

There are many safety tips on the American Association of Woodturners website which we encourage you to explore - for your safety and ours!


The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been in the news because of several tragic deaths from electrocution.  If you don't know what fractal burning is, keep it that way !

The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and approved an AAW wide policy statement on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:

It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.

Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy.