The Mountaineer Woodturners club received a small grant from the American Association of Woodturners for a spectator shield to be used during public turning demonstrations. Many of the Codger Lodge regulars are also members of the MWT club. Most of the MWT members primarily produce “round things”, and therefore, the codgers of the lodge volunteered to design and construct the spectator shield. One of the primary uses of the shield is during the annual Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair where the MWT club members demonstrate the art of turning for fair goers. The MWT club also sponsors a “Make and Take” event at the fair. Under the supervision of volunteer club members, young adults are invited to turn useful objects on the club’s equipment and keep what they make. In the interest of safety, face shields are required for participants while the interested spectators are protected from flying chips by the shield.
The shield is designed to be easily disassembled for storage and transportation. The protective paper for the acrylic window is still in place in this photograph.