One-handed woodcarving - a few thoughts about tools and techniques that could help people with the use of one hand only
By Alistair Park, Bristol, England Web link for more stories CLICK HERE
The question was simple: did I think that a person with the use of only one hand could carve?
I sent a reply and, after some thought, realised that it may also be of interest to others who are temporarily or permanently in a similar situation. Although I currently have the use of both hands, I have experienced periods when injury has brought such considerations to mind.
The answer that I emailed back is reproduced in this post, with some alterations, extra images and information:
|Image from: http://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/wood-carving/kit-tools/power-tools/power-carvers/bosch-pse-180e/|
|Image from: http://www.ashleyiles.co.uk/ray_gonzalez_tool.html|
One question that will need thinking about is how work pieces will be held. As long as the workpiece is securely held all kinds of tools can be used on it, even a simple pocket knife. To be honest, it's the same question that any carver faces regularly when working on fiddly or awkwardly-shaped pieces!
|Image from: http://www.irwin.co.uk/tools/clamps/quick-grip-medium-duty-one-handed-bar-clamps|
|Image from: http://wsdt.wellingboroughschool.org/resources/dtoncd1/school/cramps.html|