|Forum topic by Moron||posted 03-13-2009 01:57 PM||1513 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
03-13-2009 01:57 PM
As i type left handed despite being right handed I ponder my 33 years of woodworking as a hobby and career and cant help but think about the statistics claiming that serious woodworking accidents happen mostly to the novice and seasoned old timer.
Recently I took on a joiner, young, ambitous, and clever. I hired him as a co-op high school student at another shop, 10 years ago for one reason…........he was a tad “mouthy” and I couldnt help but notice how he quickly he put his fellow employees noses out of joint with his young but clever sarcasm….........I kept in touch and due to the economy found out he was unemployed so I tracked him down and hired him (part time). It’s the first time his skill level was paid for by others.
Day three with him and I was ripping 1/4×1/4 stock, turned and somehow managed to get my baby pinky into a saw blade, didnt even notice I had cut my finger except for the slight unusaul sound and the fact that my glasses were covered in blood. Looking down at my finger and having the instant “dizzy” sensation as I peered at my baby pinky split in half like a piece of firewood. I hope he sticks around and worry that the trauma he witnessed so early on the job might scare him away.
Throb Throb Throb....its now back together with about 40 stitches but the bone is gone from the finger nail down to halfway between top knuckle and second knuckle which means I have to go back and have that part amputated, going through all this BS, again….........why ythey couldnt do it from the get go because I did ask them to,..........I dont know.
I made it through 33 years before a serious accident (always thought it was mostly luck).......SOB, it hurts.
Stay safe folks
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso