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Blog entry by vonhagen posted 01-05-2018 01:38 PM 400 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I was forced to retire from woodworking recently after undergoing major neck surgery but that was not the only reason as I was also diagnosed with emphysema. Anyone that knows me knows that I did smoke cigarettes but never a heavy smoker and I am only 57 years old. I told that to doctors and they asked me besides smoking what did I do for a living and I told them I am a cabinet maker and my doctor said ah ha and Mr von Hagen a dusty environment and I said yes at times but we have dust collection. I would hardly ever wear a mask unless I started choking on dust and that my friends is a giant mistake. Now I have irreversible lung damage and it will sneak up on you until boom I can’t breathe and cough hard all the time. So please if you are reading this take heed to my warning and wear a mask especially when Sanding and Milling. I look back at all my work and am proud of what I did but am kicking myself in the ass everyday for being so stupid about the most important thing in the shop being safety. Even though I’m done woodworking I will still look at your guy’s projects and stay here to be any help can so keep on building and be safe.
Blaine Von hagen

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.



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woodsmithshop

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 01:55 PM

Sorry to hear of your misfortune, I am retired and don’t know what I would do without my woodworking.

-- Smitty!!!

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vonhagen

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#2 posted 01-05-2018 02:08 PM

Thank you Smitty I did it professionally for 35 years so I really don’t miss it that much yet but maybe I will try hand woodworking with no power tools outside.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 01-05-2018 03:57 PM

Sorry to hear about your emphysema. I’m 70 and could not possibly imagine not being in my shop every day.
Dust collection is similar to woodworking clamps…you can hever have enough.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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HerbC

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#4 posted 01-05-2018 04:36 PM

Blaine,

Sorry to hear of your health issues.

I don’t know if you seen anything about it but the medical types are making real progress on developing new treatments for lung problems using adult stem cell treatment techniques. The reports I’ve seen are very encouraging. Perhaps there’s some there there for your emphysema…

Good luck and don’t be a stranger.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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vonhagen

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#5 posted 01-05-2018 05:41 PM

Thank you herb and yes I am looking at stem cell therapy

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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