If you can believe it, Woodworker’s Safety Week is 5 years old this May! I came up with the idea back in 2008 and requested that the entire woodworking community join in the effort. After all, who wouldn’t benefit from a little extra safety knowledge when your idea of fun is making stuff with incredibly sharp blades. Thankfully, the community embraced it and Woodworker’s Safety Week has become something that many look forward to every year, yet others begrudgingly tolerate. I have to admit, after five years, even I am ready for a change. Because we have an entire week to fill with content, it doesn’t take long before we simply start regurgitating old information as we collectively run out of ideas. That just leads to uninspired content from folks who feel obligated to “do something.”
So I made a tough decision that I think will be music to the ears of bloggers, podcasters, and readers alike. Instead of a full week of safety focus, I’d like to reduce it down to a single day. Of course, like any holiday or occasion, content producers should feel welcome to focus on safety as much as they want in and around the actual day, especially if that day happens to fall on a weekend at some point in the future. But with only one day to worry about, it’s much more likely that the safety content we do get will be focused, inspiring, informative, and compelling.
So from here on out, I’ll be honoring May 1st as Woodworking Safety Day. And once again, I ask the rest of the woodworking community to join me in this effort. Feel free to create new content or simply link to old safety content you posted in the past. That will at least give your new readers a chance to catch up on topics you may have already covered. And as is the case every year, send me the links to your posts and I’ll post them here in one massive collection.
Hopefully everyone will appreciate this change as it makes a whole heck of a lot of sense to me. But then again, wearing a blonde wig also made sense to me at the time.
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