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ShadowAmy

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01-22-2018 07:52 AM

Hey guys, so I’m new to whittling and am finding that my left palm right underneath my thumb joint is hurting everytime, is my technique wrong doing the push cut or is it just that my hands are too small to hold the wood and push my other thumb, should I get some sort of a vice so I can focus on pushing the knife and not holding the wood as well or is it like learning the guitar, no pain, no gain. Ps I’m right handed with the knife


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#1 posted 01-22-2018 01:41 PM

find a left hand leather glove and cut the fingers off (cut the glove – not your hand).
or – check out the sporting goods stores or Wal-Mart bicycle section.
if the pain continues, try putting some medical gauze inside the glove over the tender part
of your hand for padding. gauze = it can breathe.

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#2 posted 01-22-2018 02:06 PM

Might I suggest getting some cut resistant gloves? At least one for your left hand. Your “off’ hand is most at risk from mistakes. Leather will not stop a sharp blade and cutting off the fingers leaves them totally unprotected. You could add the gauze pad Mr. Smith suggested to ease the pressure on the sore spot.

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#3 posted 01-22-2018 05:05 PM

“whittling” does not exert force on the wood like carving.
so in my opinion, there is very little chance of a stab wound.
although a leather thumb guard would be a good choice.

a few years ago while at my local Salvation Army store, I bought a pair of
ladies XXL leather pants for $5.00. so when I need a piece of leather
for something, I just go to my closet and cut me off a piece.
old leather purses will provide an assortment of colors if you want something besides black.

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-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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#4 posted 01-22-2018 05:42 PM

Don’t over-do it and it will probably get better as your hands get more used to it. But make sure your knives are really sharp and try to avoid harder woods like oak and hickory when you start out. Basswood (not balsa) is a really nice wood to carve.

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Rick S.

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#5 posted 01-25-2018 03:42 PM

That area is known as The Carpal Bones. There are about Five Bones that Connect at that Point.

If it bothers You at other times also, I would consult a Doctor.

That area is very easily damaged. Don’t “Push It”! You might do more Damage to it. {I had the same problem a long time ago. I found that Gentle Heat and Exercising it helped.)

That’s the best I can do for you My Friend.

DAMN! I had a Hand Bone Structure Picture I was going to put on here. But it’s a “BMP” Format and it won’t load and I couldn’t change it! Sorry.

I found another picture. Not as good as the other one, but I guess It will have to do!

Rick

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#6 posted 01-25-2018 03:51 PM

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 09:56 PM

CTS been there had that hated every minute of it!
Got a cortisone injection in both wrists about 16 years ago and have been CTS free ever since.
I talked with a lot of people and most said that surgery is not the way to go as it takes weeks to heal.
The doctor, sports medicine doctor, that gave me these shots went through a lot of effort to “hit” the correct spot and, with no reoccurrence, she must have hit her mark!

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 10:14 PM



CTS been there had that hated every minute of it!
Got a cortisone injection in both wrists about 16 years ago and have been CTS free ever since.
I talked with a lot of people and most said that surgery is not the way to go as it takes weeks to heal.
The doctor, sports medicine doctor, that gave me these shots went through a lot of effort to “hit” the correct spot and, with no reoccurrence, she must have hit her mark!

- oldnovice

YEP! That’s the way to go My Friend! Glad it worked for you!

Regards: Rick

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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