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Old 09-11-2022, 03:51 PM
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Egronomics- Be nice to your body

For any of the newer makers and even the experienced, take some time to get your workspace set-up to make some of the tasks easier on your body.

When I started making knives in my later 20's, there wasn't as much thought to some of the ergonomics performing tasks. Hand sanding probably being one of the key parts in this. Some 30 years later, the hands hurt. This isn't just the knife making that contributes. I've wrenched and used the hands for other tasks that involves hand gripping strength. All this accumulates. Even the standing looking down at the grinding wheels, that's hard on the neck too.

I see videos of older Japanese craftsmen and enough of them have "adaptations" their body develops for their craft. Bent fingers, oddly swollen joints then adding the many tasks sitting on the floor hunched over. I still enjoy making various items including knives, having to deal with the physical discomforts means I cannot devote hour after hour like the early years.

Main take away, be nice to your body performing these tasks.

If you have any tips, please post them.

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