Sorry to hear about that,Colin, did you type that long dissertation with the other good finger? I hope that is not your dominate hand,and they gave you something for pain. Man you are going to have to go through a lot of therapy to learn how to use your repaired finger when it heals up and sees the light of day again. That is a real bummer,I am not a turner, but just seeing how they chuck up a fire wood log in the center of the long ways gives me a shudder just flopping around until they get it to a round.
I sincerely hope it heals good and fast and that you can return to the shop in the near future.