Disability in Future

  • 29 Dec 2017 3:46 PM
    Message # 5652744

    Hi, Rob:

    I applaud your efforts for all Vets (my question doesn’t arise from that, but others may have faced this same obstacle and overcame it).

    I have Parkinson’s (actually they have a name for what I’ve got, as it is considered a subset).  Now my question, I am not in a wheelchair yet, but know one is in my future.  The techniques taught are for those who don’t have to modify.  I will.  How do I learn relatively new techniques, in such a way as to allow for modification shortly (the doctors all tell me I’m supposed to be in a wheelchair now, I went away from my cane about 6 weeks ago).  Since I’m doing almost entirely hand tools for safety, my balance has gotten better, probably similar to Tai Chi, in that it can be slow and deliberate motions.

    Help, please.

  • 03 Jan 2018 4:31 PM
    Reply # 5658217 on 5652744
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    My approach to what you are expecting would be to learn as much now and modify in the future as needed.  I expect any dissabliities will be so to appear and should give you time to adapt.  On a different front, I would tell myself that I feel great and even better things are in my path.  Never surrender!



  • 05 Jan 2018 10:12 PM
    Reply # 5664335 on 5652744

    Hi Rob:

    I’ve  been told by several friends that being around either power or hand tools (or anything sharp - they aren’t trying to limit me, but protect me - for the most part).

    Now with that said, I have found learning hand tool woodworking has some similarities to Tai Chi, and my movement has improved due to taking things a bit more slowly and deliberately.

    I don’t ever intend to give up or surrender.  It is good advice to learn all I can.


  • 06 Jan 2018 4:22 PM
    Reply # 5665091 on 5652744

    I take Rob's comments very seriously, I had my 3rd through 6th cervical vertebrae fused this past summer and I am confined to a wheelchair for the moment. Not surrendering has allowed me to go from laying in a hospital bed immobilized to now I am working on standing up and using my arms. The best advice I can give you is keep your body parts behind the blade.  Make sure your tools are sharp, a dull blade will hurt you in many different ways.

    Also pinned to the top of this forum page is a post to help you put your name on your account so we all don't have to call you anonymous.


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  • 08 Jan 2018 7:29 PM
    Reply # 5668095 on 5652744

    Thanks.  That’s what I’m doing is trying to forget everything I thought I knew (turns out I knew less and the more I learn, the less I knew).  The best thing for me seems to be:  Never give up, don’t pretend, just ask (others probably have the same question, just are afraid to ask and look dumb), and if you don’t understand ask again.

    Check, I think I changed it so it now shows correctly now.


  • 09 Jan 2018 1:10 AM
    Reply # 5668414 on 5652744
    John thanks for putting your name on your account.  After you have been here for a few years you start to get annoyed with people about putting their names in their accounts.

    It is a struggle every day for me but I will not let this stop me from working on a hobby I love.  As some of these vets know the work is what gives you peace.  The ability to lose yourself in what you're doing is so good right now in my life.

  • 10 Jan 2018 12:17 PM
    Reply # 5674841 on 5652744

    Hi John.  I am one of the wounded warriors that Rob had up in one of his November classes.  While I'm not mobility limited, we did have one in our class that was in a wheel chair.  We wound up modifying his bench for height due to the wheel chair, and Rob, Luther and Jake were constantly changing things up for Austin.  One thing they did was get the "vise area" lower for Austin, vs the normal place it is on the bench, even with the lowered version of Robs bench.  The way that Rob, Luther and Jake accommodated this was to make a semi/sort-of moxon vise that was in line with what his movements should be as if he were standing.  I know that Austin said it felt more natural that way.  However, he didn't suffer from Parkinsons, he was wheelchair bound.

    To echo what Rob said, I would learn as much as you can now, get as proficient as you can now, and then adjust later as it comes to you.  

    Keep fighting the good fight!!!


  • 11 Jan 2018 2:04 AM
    Reply # 5675905 on 5652744

    Thanks for the post Kevin.  Maybe Rob can get a picture of Austins bench. I sure would like to see it

  • 13 Jan 2018 2:10 PM
    Reply # 5681422 on 5652744

    I would also love to see how they did it.  I have been experimenting with Japanese saws, as they cut on the pull stroke, but that just doesn’t feel natural since planes are a different motion.  Lowering a vice makes more sense.

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