....I got a nice holly log from a friend and let is season before mounting it on the lathe and turning to round. There was an almighty bang. There was a nail deep in the log which the bush had grown around. Three stitches on my left temple and a nasty scratch on the right lens. Different angles and no glasses and I would not be typing this and model making would be over for me.
I am no rich man, but can stretch to a £200 kit. The glasses cost me £60.
We can all do the math.
Yes indeed, the price of eyes is still out of sight!
When I'm roughing out a billet on the lathe, I wear a logger's mask & helmet until it's in the round. But after reading your story, I think that at least a rudimentary metal detector might be in my future.