For those of you who saw my post back in July showing Johns nasty hand injuries, here's an update in his own words,
'The good news is after four weeks and lots of attention my two badly
damaged fingers are still attached. It has been a difficult time, with
more pain than I'd have thought possible from such relatively small
wounds, but the odds of me keeping both fingers have improved. The next
few weeks will tell, and my surgeon has warned me that my body's best
efforts to heal might not suffice given the extent of the damage.
I'm staying positive, however, and in the expectation of a good outcome
I've been acquiring the tools I need to master the art of dovetailing.
The attached photo shows the gear I've gathered guided by your advice,
including one of your 1:6 guides, your brass hammer, a beautiful set of
Blue Spruce dovetail chisels, a Knew Concept fret saw, a Gyokucho 372
Dozuki saw, a lovely Hamilton marking gauge, and of a DVD by some bloke
named David! As you can see, I'm sporting a bandage and the product of a
break from shaving.
I'm looking forward to putting all this equipment to good use as soon as
I can hold a tool properly and safely.'