[Clayart] Grinding wheels

Vince Pitelka vpitelka at dtccom.net
Tue Jan 10 18:12:32 EST 2017

Dick C. wrote:
"One additional thing I haven't seen mentioned Is that one should never wear gloves when using a grinder."

Hi Dick - 
Let's clarify that it is dangerous to wear gloves when using a BENCH grinder for anyone who has not been professionally trained.  It's not at all a problem to wear gloves when using a hand-held grinder like an angle grinder or die grinder.  And like so many things, it is simply a question of knowing what you are doing and being extra careful.  I hate to think of how much longer it would have taken me to get anything done when I worked as a mechanic and welder if I never wore gloves when grinding something at the pedestal grinder.  
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Tech University
vpitelka at dtccom.net  

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com] On Behalf Of Dick C
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [Clayart] Grinding wheels


On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Larry Miller <lmiller at midmich.edu> wrote:

> 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!
> Larry
> On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Snail Scott <claywork at flying-snail.com 
> <javascript:;>>
> wrote:
> >
> > > On Jan 9, 2017, at 4:07 PM, M Gordon <clayart at earthlink.net
> <javascript:;>> 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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