[Clayart] Grinding wheels

Larry Miller lmiller at midmich.edu
Tue Jan 10 05:26:04 EST 2017

Student teaching in woodshop, I saw a 7th grade boy with short, groomed
hair intently cutting wood in the bench vise with a saber saw, put his head
right down to the air slots on the saw and lost a dime sized piece of
scalp.  Doesn't matter how long the hair is, keep it out of the work zone!

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Snail Scott <claywork at flying-snail.com>

> > On Jan 9, 2017, at 4:07 PM, M Gordon <clayart at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > I was polishing a piece of jewelry in Jewelry class & a girl with with
> long loose hanging hair started the grinder next to me…
> When I took the shop foundations class in college, there was a hank of
> something nailed to the wall above the bench grinders. Turned out to be a
> long-haired chunk of human scalp, put there after a grinder incident many
> years earlier - in the ’70’s, when a lot of guys wore long hair but didn’t
> think
> it was cool (i.e. masculine) to do anything but ponytail it.  A ponytail
> won’t
> suffice if it’s still long enough to fall over your shoulder. (Count me a
> big
> fan of the ‘Man Bun’ for that reason alone!)  Many people will stand at a
> safe distance when starting work, but lean in as they get involved in the
> task, bringing their hair a lot closer than they realize.
> The scalp was eventually removed after a visiting parent complained to
> the administration, but while it remained, it was a powerful object lesson.
> I doubt that anyone who saw it failed to fasten their hair back.
>               -Snail
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