Okay sorry there is no photos with this blog and I am just blowing off steam but the advice is valid.
I recently discovered that a close friend’s husband had been beating his wife for years. Never on the face always where it could be covered up. Well three days ago it went too far and she was taken to hospital with a broken ankle. She had put my name down as next of kin and had taken a taxi there herself. The hospital called me as she needed someone.
Well I shot up there and soon discovered that he had hit her in the back and she had fallen and broken her ankle. Later on after spending the better part of a night there it slowly all came to the surface that he had been doing it for about three and a half years. I asked her what she wanted to do and she said she didn’t know. Then I broached the possibility of pressing charges and she went into total denial saying “it is okay he wont do it again and he loves me”. Despite my urging I eventually dropped her back home where ‘mr innocent’ came to the door worried – if he was so &^#@% worried about her why did he not go to the hospital?
Anyhow I managed to get home about 7am really tired but also so damned angry I knew I could not sleep/rest. So I thought I would go into the workshop and do some turning. It always relaxes me and, usually, something good is made in the end.
There I was turning away when wham into the abdomen the work peace hit me. Doubled over in pain I sat down. It seams in my anger my mind was not concentrating on the simple things like locking the tail stock to the lathe bed properly.
So now I am sporting a decent bruse (3”x2”) and trying to decide if I am more angry at myself or my friend.
Morel of the story – “Don’t woodwork in anger!”
-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!