I can see the line....
This thread is to those of you that may be following my posts and know that I have just started using my new Grizzly band saw. What you do not know is that I am visually handicapped and have been for most of my life and during my life I have had to find ways to compensate for the issue and I call the things that I do "work arrounds". For example, the biggest problem that I deal with is that my eyes won't adjust to bright light and so I have to wear sunglasses, now I am not talking about regular glasses, I mean especially darkened glasses, and not just one pair but two pairs of them, this cuts the light down enough that I am able to see well enough to drive and be comfortable, but I absolutely cannot drive without them.
Several years ago I had Lazic surgery in hopes that it would help, but all it did was make the problem worse, by worse I mean that I can't see well enough to read anymore. Needless to say I have a few problems when working in the shop doing woodworking, but I have my work arounds and have gotten by pretty well. Well when I decided that I wanted a band saw in my shop I was afraid that I may not be able to see well enough to cut along a line. The saw arrived this week and with my neighbor's help, it is set up and running, it was time to see if I had made a big mistake by buying an expensive tool that I could not use. When I tried my first cut , just cutting into a workpiece and attempting to follow the line that I had drawn on it. When I started, I was looking straight into the leading edge of the saw and while I did fairly well, but was not comfortable with it. I just thought, well more practice may help. Later in the day I tried again, and this time, for some reason, I began to watch the blade from a slight angle so that I was looking at the side of the blade, and this worked, I had no problem seeing well enough to follow the line. Then I drew a curved line and found that I could follow it alright too. What a good feeling I had, of satisfaction and excitment for my new band saw, I had my work around working, part of which is a high powered set of magnifying goggles in the form of a visor, but it worked.
Now please don't think that I have ever felt sorry for myself, the first time that I really realized that I had a serious vision problem was when I was 14 years old. I wanted to play baseball but could not and my dad took me to be fitted for glasses, and when that didn't help and he and I returned to the doctor to see if there was anything else that could be done, the doctor told me that there was nothing, I felt a big lump coming up in my throat and tears started to come into my eyes, my dad did the right thing, he told me in no uncertain terms to quit, don't start feeling sorry for yourself, it won't help, you are not blind, you will learn to deal with it so except it and lets get on with things.
Since I could not play ball, I decided to become a good shot with a rifle, I could do that, I could see well enough to shoot. Over the years I did very well with my shooting and was a pretty good competitor in competition, was on a rifle team in the Army and did well at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio in 1959. Later I shot and competed in Precsion Benchrest Competition, I learned work arounds that allowed me to get by. The biggest issue that I had in shooting was that I could never read mirage and had to rely on my wind flags that are not as reliable as is the ability to read mirage.
Wood working became a new interest to me at age 71 and I have been really enjoying it.
Recently I met a man that is completely blind and he is a woodworker too, and believe me, he really has to use "work arounds". For example he told me that he has a ruler that talks to him, it is not highly accurate but does work well enough that he able to do enough work which allows him to complete some interesting projects, so when I get frustrated, I think of this man and thank God that I can see as well as I can.
Life consists of dealing with challenges one way or another and much of life's pleassure is dealing with the challenges what ever those challenges might be, we all have them one way or another.
I have one issue in my life that has made a great deal of difference and I mean a really big difference and that is an adjustment in my personal world view. Some years ago I learned that Christianity is not a religion. All religions teach that a person should try to be good in order to please their God. The fact is that nobody can be good, I mean really good and all attempts to do so will eventually fail. this is because of the fallen nature of man. Christianity is an understanding and excepting that God loves all of us unconditionally and understands our short coming, and because of his understanding, he does not condem us but just loves us. Understanding, I mean really understanding this, will transform one's life in a way that nothing else can. I am the first to admit that grasping this is extremly hard for most people and unless a person recognizes that he or she has a problem, they won't even try to understand what I am saying, it's just part of human nature or the fallen nature that we are all born with. I just wanted to take time a moment and share this with anybody that follows my posts.
Guess that I better close this off and get out to the shop and do some clean up, probably will make a few practice cuts on the new band saw too.
Colorado City, T