[quote=Mike;281400]Pete in England does wood turning with one arm. I just realized I haven't seen any posts from him in a long time, I will have to check up on him.
Pete started a business quite a while ago making what he refers to as "reactors" apparently in BIG demand by people who keep aquariums. His time is fully occupied in this endeavour. Speaking to Pete., you'd never believe that much of the time he is in great pain because he is always laughing and joking. Not only are his turnings of a very high standard, but some of them are very large, and I've never figured how he even gets the blanks set-up in the lathe, his flat work also is of a very high standard. I have never figured out how he has achieved such skills considering he never did woodwork before losing his hand and bearing in mind that the arm is of no help, in fact it's a hindrance as he has no use in it, only pain. In summary, Pete has been a real inspiration to me since I first "met" him here on the forum and with Skype calls, often jointly with Glenmore, who you know is too sick to make any sawdust.
I've just remembered that early on I asked Pete how in the world he could use a plunge router and he explained that he controlled it's movement with the one hand and plunged using his forehead! Since then I haven't felt pity for disabled people, pity turned into admiration of how they find ways to circumvent the problems.
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus
Last edited by harrysin; 04-24-2012 at 10:35 AM.
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