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    AvatarMonk463
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    Hi I am Joe S from Rhode Island. Did some carving in the round a few years back but had to quit because of joint pain and carpel tunnel –old man stuff. I thought chip carving would have less impact. So far so good but for developing calluses.

    I finished the Carving essentials course and I am 3 double sided practice boards into chip carving, I am developing some nasty calluses on my thumb joint where I place the knife and on the first knuckle of  my index finger. Normal? Not?

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    Marty LeenhoutsMarty Leenhouts
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    Hi Joe,

    I’m hoping other members will post their thoughts as well.

    Calluses develop from repeated use. Nothing new there. When chip carving the pressure points where calluses form should be on the final part of the index finger before the knuckle. This area is where you press down on the knife to make the cut.

    The calluses on your thumb joint should not be there. They indicate too much pressure there and not on the index finger where it should be.

    Glad to know you’ve completed the Chip CArving Essentials Course!  Great!!

    Marty

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    Marty LeenhoutsMarty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Joe,

    I’m hoping other members will post their thoughts as well.

    Calluses develop from repeated use. Nothing new there. When chip carving the pressure points where calluses form should be on the final part of the index finger before the knuckle. This area is where you press down on the knife to make the cut.

    The calluses on your thumb joint should not be there. They indicate too much pressure there and not on the index finger where it should be.

    Glad to know you’ve completed the Chip CArving Essentials Course!  Great!!

    Marty

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