Posted on April 18 2017
Dear Steve and Joe -
I just wanted to thank you again for so kindly having several RZ Dust Masks sent out for me to try out in my woodshop. As I've mentioned after spending over thirty-one years as a Supervisory Wildlife Inspector and a Special Agent for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of law Enforcement, after retirement I immediately began my passion of woodworking in a separate woodshop on our property. Given my background, I've always been concerned about eye, ear and dust protection and have always made these a priority while on the shooting range and even more in my woodshop. After beginning with furniture making in 2008, I soon found that woodturning was the type of woodworking that is what I mostly enjoyed and continue to work on my skills. Since I do a great deal of woodturning and sanding I have set up my shop with numerous dust vacuums and I also have worn various types of dust masks and even sealed helmets that operate off of batteries that require charging after each use. Also, after wearing a heavy helmet for a while, it begins to strain one's neck... Where your RZ Dust Masks are so light and comfortable.
I have found your RZ Masks and Filters to be extremely effective, easy to take on and off and exceptionally simple to swap out a dirty filter for a clean filter in just seconds, allowing me more time to turn and sand my pieces for an Art Gallery, while fully protecting my lungs from harmful to toxic wood dust depending on species. Now, when I walk into my shop the first two things I do are to put on my safety glasses and an RZ Dust Mask. I recommend your mask to everyone I meet that is involved in woodturning and I wish to express my appreciation for making your masks available to folks like myself. I am confident that if my lungs could talk, they too would be thanking you for potentially preventing lung diseases further down the dusty road in my lifetime.
I've attached a few pictures of your masks in use while sanding a large vase on one of my wood lathes in my shop.
Again, many, many thanks for making these available!
With Highest Respect,
Woodturner of Los Altos