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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 11-18-2008 07:50 PM 1592 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this in my Blog quite awhile ago,

but I just discovered that I hadn’t posted it as a project.

This tool is used as an extra finger, that won’t get tired, or sore.

I thought it would be nice to show it here, for those who may have missed the blog.


Her Arthritic fingers get painful for her, & she has to type with one finger, & even that gets painful.

One day I told her I’d try to alleviate that problem, so I went out,

& cut a branch the appropriate size, & commenced making her this “typing aid”.

The device has stood up to a great deal of rigorous usage for the past two years, & Barb just loves it.

If she happens to misplace it, it’s like losing the TV remote.

I carved this from a piece of a small Birch tree.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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John Stegall

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 08:21 PM

Good idea!!! I hope it makes it easier for the user.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 09:21 PM

you inspire me, Dick and Barb. Not only because of the creativity and craftsmanship but also because of your loving partnership.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 09:34 PM

Dick. I remember it as a blog and I’m glad that it gets great use. But I’m not glad that it has to be used.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 11-18-2008 10:32 PM

Can youmake one of those that will help me type without looking? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 11:26 PM

Thanks to all of you.

Charlie, I’ll have to pass that idea onto our research & development team. <(:O)#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 11-19-2008 12:31 AM

Dick, you should patent that one. Obviously it works well if Barb has trouble without it. Great idea.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-19-2008 02:54 AM

Necessity of the mother of invention.
Creative ideas come from great men….

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 11-19-2008 08:19 AM

Dick,

That looks like a great idea. Could you take it a little further and come up with one for me to use to play the piano when my fingers hurt too much? I could use one often for the left hand, middle finger. Got any ideas?

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 11-19-2008 02:32 PM

Very nice Dick. I have to echo what Ms Deb says: it is just great to see an obviously wonderful relationship with you and Barb. You set a fine example.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 11-19-2008 03:00 PM

Hi everybody, & Thanks.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ lightweightladyleftie, When using this tool, you actually have an extra finger,

so you just pretend that the tool is your middle finger.

If you use this on a piano, you may want to put a rubber eraser tip on it, so it won’t slip off the keys.

The computer keys are concave, so it doesn’t seem to slip on them.

I just changed the images so you can see the shape of it better.

If you make one for a lefty, you carve the flat area for your thumb the opposite way.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 11-19-2008 04:12 PM

I remember this from before Dick, it was a great idea then and still is. This could be useful to a lot of people. Thanks. My mom had ole arthur so bad she could have used it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 11-19-2008 06:21 PM

Thank you Mike,

The reason I posted it now is, because of all the new Jocks may not have seen the Blog.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 11-20-2008 06:06 AM

sweet posting and way to use your creativity !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 11-20-2008 06:10 PM

Thank you Dan!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jiri Parkman

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#15 posted 11-25-2008 11:58 AM

Dick and Barb
That is perect, maybe everybody of us could produce something like that for somebody who needs it.
Thanks.

-- Jiri

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