Thursday, May 13, 2010

Woodworkers Safety Week

I think the best way to keep safe is to learn safe working habits early. I also think the biggest obstacle to learning safe habits is ridicule. I have never been at a workplace or jobsite where I have not gotten some flack for putting on my glasses before making every cut. I have two responses.

"Oh, I'm not wearing them to impress you." is the first.

If it continues, I look them in the eye and say,

"Look, I care more about my eyesight then your opinion."

If you are ever in a position where someone is trying to make you look bad for being safe, please use my lines, they've always worked for me. Do you have any snappy retorts for the workplace fool? If so let me hear it in the comments box below!


  1. Hi Darnell,

    We met at the Lie-Nielsen event in Edmonton. I've been going through your blog and am starting to wonder if you are taking students. Really impressed with everything you are doing, thanks.
    Appropo of this post, my line has always been,
    "There's nothing macho about being a blind cripple."
    That grew out of my time on construction sites.

  2. Hey Brad!
    Did you get your tools yet?
    I have taught, unfortunately between the logistics of getting enough people with the same days off and the headache of liability is wasn't worth it. I have more fun informally, buddies that want to come by and play are welcome,within reason. :)
    After checking out your website I don't know if there's anything I could teach you anyway, excellent work, all around.


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