Well considering David turns mostly spalted wood that I'm sure has problems, and has for more years than most of us have been turning I would take his opinion. Besides he's just a plain nice guy and certainly doesn't act like a god. My first every demo at the AAW symposium was on Photography. The first person to walk in the room was David Ellsworth. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. The video equipment was not working properly and I had not seen that equipment before. David very nicely came up and helped to get it all working. He will stop and talk to any turner just like you and I would chat. There still are disputes among even the top turners as to whether you need to hone. If you look at the results Stewart Batty and Jimmy Clewes get right off the grinder it's awfully hard to believe. Some feel the saw tooth edge actually cuts green wood better.