You could be forgiven for asking why I've posted a picture of my thumb. Well, it's in way of warning really. Julian and I have talked a couple of times about how we sometimes do things without thinking, only to realise later that it was either silly or dangerous and that we shouldn't have done it and were lucky not to have hurt ourselves. And when you're working with power tools, ultra sharp knives and axes, this is doubly the case.
Hence my thumb - bruised by hitting with a hammer whilst trying to add an extra wedge to an axe hande that had begun to come loose. This is a tricky job as the axe handle does not have a flat end to stand it on and the head is not 90 degrees to the handle meaning you can not strike the wedge comfortably in the direction that you want it to go. Sufice it to say, I lost concentration and hit my thumb - a relatively small reminder that you should really think through what you are doing first and consider the safest and easiest way of achieving your required outcome and that it would have been very easy for me to have fixed the axe in a vise. I'd like to be able to say this was the first time I'd learnt this lesson, but my A&E file is testiment that this is not the case!