I'm sure he took the same risks as any previous frontiersman ( or woman ) took and many of the same risks a lot of us take when we take sharp knifes and axes into remote ( ish - difficult in the UK ) and use them with forceful intent.
But death stalks us all regardless of how safe we think we are.
I found it hard not to wince when he was using the drawknife and getting so close to his main arteries, and the handling of the axes he was showing where I was pleasantly surprised he didn't slice his hand or fingers open That aside, it was interesting to watch and in fairness to the bloke no claret was actually spilt, nor limbs severed, although I haven't watched episode three yet so there's still time !!!