The End of Power Woodworking?
Issue: Issue 271.5
Posted Date: 4/1/2011
Recently, a bulletin came across the
wire that I think should concern all woodworkers, especially those
who use power tools. Citing numerous surveys that conclusively prove
power tools can cause serious personal injuries, a private company
has filed suit with the National Association of Personal Safety
(NAPS) with the goal of prohibiting sales of power tools to
non-professional consumers. NAPS, encouraged by hand tool maker Lea
Kneelson, has proposed a moratorium on all corded and cordless power
tools on the basis of two arguments: first, the unarguable fact that
power tools have a long history of accidental laceration and other
harmful incidents. Secondly, they assert that most woodworkers can
afford to lose a couple of pounds, and therefore a transition to hand
tool woodworking would do them a world of good.
In the wire bulletin, NAPS spokesperson
Mack E. Avelly is quoted as saying, "Sometimes when consumers are
not smart enough to think for themselves, the government simply needs
to think for them. It's the least we can do."
I don't know about you, but I think
that says it all.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker's Journal
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