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Old 01-22-2010, 10:32 PM
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Fudge my luck... Been trying to carve for the first time in my life since I got my carving set for Christmas, but didn't have any decent wood up until today (been fudgering around with a 2x2). I finally got me a bag of basswood and a block of alaskan yellow cedar from Hobby Lobby because I got tired of searching for wood in the forest and finding nothing but dead pine trees. Got home, laid the towel down to get ready to carve and I pull out my brand new Xacto and I after trying to pry off the top, it finally came loose and left a nice, deep, long, clean cut on the side of my hand. Looks like my carving will have to wait a bit longer.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:15 PM
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Can't be said enough.....

Get a glove and learn to use it early.

Sorry to hear about the cut and here's to a quick recovery!
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:33 PM
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Welcome to the world of carving! Make sure your next purchase is a carving glove!Dont ask me why I know!
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:48 AM
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I say to folks when they ask if I have ever cut myself, "carvers that don't cut themselves, don't cut much wood" .....There are a bunch of carvers out there that have been very fortunate, in the ER dept, I on the other hand have my share of "oops" and "darn" and "oh Man, that's gonna hurt"....I look at the scars on my hands and fingers and I remember, distinctly, exactly what piece I was working on.
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Sorry about your "debut delay", heal fast and get after it!!!
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:29 PM
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I've been thinking about carving the praying hands with lots o bandades on the fingers and thumbs then it would be the praying hands of a carver
I am sorry you cut yourself so soon
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i ain't been carving nearly as long as most of these guys and gals but i sure have had a few oops and oh craps! hope it heals soon buddy.
oops! is that my finger on the floor or yours?
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:55 PM
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Since you are laid up temprorarily doing that healing thing use the time to do a bit of research. Look into some patterns that you ight want to try, tools you want etc. Ditto on the glove. I've lost track of the cuts i've picked up. The glove has saved me from some really big ones.

Good luck,
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:08 PM
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First cuts are the scaryest, but get a glove.

MA, burning and carving is not the same as playing with matches and knives.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:53 AM
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Hope you heal fast . I gotta say it to - get the carving glove and use thumb guards and you will be on your way !
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Ahhh the old carving cut. It happens and it happens a lot! Glove no glove finger guard no guard, you are gona get cut. I'm fairly used to it now. Fact my rule, if I cut myself twice, its time to stop carving!

If your gona carve your gona get cut, get used to it, don't let it scare ya but don't be an idiot either. Wrap it up!

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