I'm no expert when it comes to using edged tools. Heaven knows (as do our local A & E) that I've had more than my fair share of accidents (including having to reverse drill a HSS drill bit from the bone of my right-hand ring finger). However, I am aware, and despite what my wife would have you believe, I do try to take simple safety precautions, especially when using an axe, such as wearing clothes! Now I know that it is not uncommon for a Japanese carpenter to hew or adze in his bare feet, but I was very surprised when visiting the Bayeux tapestry to see the style in which Norman carpenters 'dressed' to hew planks for the boats for the invasion of England. Look closely - not something even I would recommend.