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    Wife is on meds. Before she was on new meds, she had a nasty cut. She used a Harley's knife and went thru the "cut-resistant" glove. Super glue and time healed the wound... Are her carving days over? I'm worried as the Doctor warned of slower clotting and those TV Ads have me going crazy...

  • #2
    Heck, I'm on blood thinners, my doctor gives the old stink eye about my carving, but I ask him if he just wants me to set a watch the boob tube my wake hours.....I don't think so.
    . . . JoeB
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      I wouldn't give up carving but I would certainly be very careful when I do...keep your tools sharp (they are safer than dull ones), go slow and pay careful attention to what you are doing (no distractions)...and certainly wear a good quality carving glove.
      Keep On Carvin'
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      • #4
        She could consider relief carving using gouges. That would eliminate the situation of holding a carving in her hands. Or using a carving vise or screw.
        Arthur

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        • #5
          Got to agree with Arthur. Always use a holding device and the chance of getting cut will drop dramatically.

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          • #6
            I have more difficulties with thorny bushes in the yard than my woodcarving, but I agree with Arthur that choosing a form of carving where you clamp down the work would be safer.

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            • #7
              Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. I really appreciate it!

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              • #8
                I would add some extra protection to those gloves by wrapping the thumb and maybe a finger or two with carving tape. The best I've found is called Wimp Wrap and you can get it from the Woodcraft Shop.

                http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/stor...WIMP-WRAP.html
                Terry

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                • #9
                  I guess I'll add my $.02. I am on Warfarin, required since my super dynawhoppin' artificial heart valve installation. It took me about a year and a half to be able to carve at all, but I'm back at it. Just tell her to be careful, and keep band-aids and and/or super glue or "wound seal" handy. My doc asked if I ever considered another "hobby", and I replied with it's more than a hobby, and if he ever consider giving up golf? He gave me the same look I gave him.
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                  • #10
                    I hear ya Steve, to someone who has carved all their life, stopping because of a problem like that isn't realistic. Or at least in my opinion it isn't. You may as well drive a gouge through my heart, rather than tell me I can no longer carve. I'm not of Warfarin yet, just Asprin daily so far, but regardless, I am going to carve until I can no longer hold a gouge. I came close in 1998 due to a car accident, but found my way back over a long slow road called recovery. Being able to carve saved my life. I had to re-learn, or re-awaken my skills, a brain injury sure does slow you down, but I kept at it and slowly over came. Now, it is the best therapy that I can do. Carving is more than a hobby, it is what I do.

                    Bob
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                    • #11
                      Blood thinners are a touchy subject with me. The drug industry keeps finding more and more ways to thin up the blood but in doing so they don't bother to develop anything to counteract the drugs. I've been on various blood thinners for 11-years now. Started out with Warfarin and Heparin, then once my A-fib was stabilized I was put on 385 aspirin for 8-years. More recently, because of the lack of A-fib incidents that's been dropped to the small aspirin 81 mg. I always felt comfortable with the rat poison (Wayfarin) because in a serious emergency they can give you a blood clotting shot that will counteract the drug. Heck, eat too much green salad and you blow the number all to heck! Same with aspirin, no problem.

                      However with these new drugs there is definitely a problem. I lost my step-mom after she hit her head when she was knocked down in a parking lot. She was on Pradaxa. She bled internally and there was no way to stop it. I don't know about the other drugs in that class but they sound about the same to me. Just listen to the last warning on all of the blood thinner advertisements. "May cause serious bleeding." I wouldn't recommend any of these new drugs for anyone, especially seniors.

                      But with that said, I use to be a regular visitor at the Emergency Room. Got to be on a first name basis with the Dr. and nurses. Mama finally told me to fix the problem or give up carving. I wasn't about to give up carving and as I've said before I went on the Lee Valley website and purchased myself a stainless steel chain link glove. I wear a lightweight cotton glove underneath it for comfort and a thumb guard on the other hand. Knock on wood I haven't cut myself in over two years. Of course it's not a matter of if but when I'll do something really stupid and break my chain of good luck but using it normally and practically, it's a safe alternative for anyone afraid of cutting themselves. A knife will not slice through it.




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                      • #12
                        Great information all. She is a Senior and recently had a hospital stay when they found A-Fib. Zoralto is the thinner they're using. Some kind of drug to control the rate and high pressure meds.
                        She had cut that glove between the thumb and index finger, right thru the glove! Good idea to get her a stainless steel glove!

                        I really appreciate the info and fast reponses!

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                        • #13
                          John...That was the same location where I had my last cut that brought about the ultimatum from the Great White Chief that lives in my house.

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                          • #14
                            John: all good advice so far. My suggestion is to plan each cut by looking at where the blade will go WHEN the wood breaks or the knife slips. If any part of the anatomy is in the expected path, either change the cut path, or move the anatomy!!! Example: holding the wood in one hand while carving: hard to avoid a cut when a slip or break occurs. Holding the carving down on a table or workbench and making the cut towards the table may damage the table a bit, but won't damage the hand.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you! Great information. Need to maintain the focus and not have blind faith in the glove... Or as I also heard "don't put anything in front of the blade that bleeds"...

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