I haven't checked in here, for awhile.
Now I see you're talking about injuries.
I got a mess-o-injuries to my off-hand...but only 2 good scars.
a half inch one inside my wrist, just above my watch band (one of the
rare occassions I had actually agreed to do a commission piece...bled
all over the piece, so had to start another one....)
And my 'pride-and-joy' a 1 inch one, at the base of my left index
finger, where I sunk a 1" chisel to the bone, while trying to quickly
skim out a recess in a carpentry piece/part of a trailer we were
taking, just before we left for Pennsic.
My lord had just spent 2 hours trying to light his forge 'the old-
fashioned way......with flint and steel, and had Just gotten it
finally lit, when the chisel slipped and went straight into the
steadying hand, holding the edge of the board.
It didn't hurt, yet. But I knew it was 'bad' I only remember a
glimpse of bone at the bottom of the cut, before it welled with blood
and I used my right thumb and forefinger to quickly clamp it closed.
Than I hollered for my lord, perfectly calm, but hating to drag him
away from his forge he'd been agonizing over so long. "Honey ! I
hurt myself." (how bad?) "Hospital. NOW !"
He got the forge extenguished. I got to the car, but had no free
hand to open the door with. By the time we got to the Dr's office
(it was still office hours) the dr. had to un-pry my right hand
clamp, because I no-longer could feel anything to open it with.
I'd done a very good job of 'the clamp'...he, then, had to pry the
cut open, just to see how bad the damage was (and THAT HURT !!!)
8/eight painful stitches later, I got to go home.
My son met us with "I cleaned up all the blood, I didn't think you
needed to come home and see it..." (Thankyou.....blood..?....'All-the-
blood' The only 'blood' I remembered was what I saw well up in the
cut......where had the rest of it come from ?)
My next thought was "but what did I do with the chisel I'd been
He said it was "right on the tailgate, where you put it"
Ever the practical craftsman.....I'd apparently, safely set it down,
before I'd used that hand to clamp the other one closed.
We were due to leave for Pennsic, days later....too soon to get the
stitches out. So I took cuticle scissors with us, to do the job
myself. (and saved another 35 $, off the total Dr's bill for my
Amongst the carving community, there is a very true saying "It only
takes one trip to the emergency room, to pay for a whole pile of
The next carving show I went to, my #1 shopping list item was a glove.
My hand was still tender when the show came around. I found my glove
(15 $) and slipped it on my hand, checking for fit. The next thing
I knew, the dealer grabbed the fingers of my left hand, holding them
tightly, and with his right, yanked a hook-bladed knife, down Hard,
right where my tender scar was. I jumped, he took it for surprise
(but it was mostly pain from the pressure of the knife)
He grinned and let go of my hand.
I yanked the glove off, to show him why I'd yelped.
When he saw the bright red scar, he apologised, but then added "But
if you'd had one of my gloves, you wouldn't of gotten hurt to begin
with...." (yeah, and that's why I was shopping for one, now)
I bought the one he'd attempted to amputate the finger on. I still
have and use it, years later (I haven't been to Pennsic in 11 years,
and it was 12 or 13, ago, when we took that trailer) The thumb of
the glove is worn out, and through...it's missing a number of blue
rubber speed bumps, but it still works great, and when I'm wearing,
it, I can work safely and more quickly, without worrying when a
knife/gouge/chisel is gonna wind up imbedded in human me.
Oh yeah, one extra bit.
Seems there's a main nerve that runs up your finger there.
I was lucky to have just nicked mine, otherwise the finger would have
become useless....two Dr's expressed grave concern that I'd severed
the nerve.......I hadn't...but....still damaged it, some....
An Sca-er, training in the medical field, who's specialty was nerve-
regeneration, asked me about any wierd damage/effects, etc. to the
if I stroked the finger, on the inside/thumb side, I actually FELT
it, on the opposite side of my finger !!!! Stroke it on the
outside, and I felt it on the inside edge........ !..... He asked
how long since the accident (I told him) and then he asked if the
problem still existed ? (no) He just nodded his head "The nerve re-
routed itself......that's what they're supposed to do, if the damage
isn't too bad..."
i.e. I'd lucked out.
Knock-on-wood...I've never been seriously injured, again, since then.
Mostly thanks to the glove which I keep in my traveling carving box.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "James W. Pratt, Jr."
> Mine went in a full inch between the thumb and first finger and I
did not feel anything even with it squirting two feet.
> James Cunningham