Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Rocky Mountains, USA
I use safety glasses instead of a full face shield probably more often than I should.
Anything big, or with bark, or which has anything about it which strikes me as unstable will see me behind a full mask every single time. No exceptions.
Even a chunk of wood the size of a pea can do some nasty damage at high speed, and a piece the size of a walnut could literally knock an eyeball clean out of your head.
For tiny little bowls, or for most spindle work I do just wear the glasses though.
That's not a recommendation, it's just what I do.
My face mask is nothing special. I think I got it from Craft Supply years ago, and it was close to the least expensive option at the time.
In addition to the initial cost of the facemask, you should eyeball the cost of replacement visors too, because you'll need a new one now and then, maybe more often than you think.
I've seen some fancier facemasks with molded polycarbonate visors which cost more than $25 to replace. A visor like that is going to scratch up just as fast as the plainer polycarbonate ones which might cost only 5 bucks
For someone who turns a lot, that difference can really add up.