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Question: WHich do you use

Always Right handed    
  5 (17.9%)
Always Left handed    
  0 (0.0%)
Doesn't matter, either one    
  22 (78.6%)
Never thought about it    
  1 (3.6%)




Total votes: 28
« Created by: Ed Weber on: May 14th, 2016 at 7:42pm »

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Ed Weber
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Left Right or both?
May 14th, 2016 at 7:42pm
 
A while back I asked a question about very short handled tools Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
I learned that some people have a slight issue with there body getting in the way. Huh I'm not sure how you get yourself out of your own way,  Undecided I'll have to think about that.

Many said that short handled tools were used to give the further swing without the handle hitting their body, making an otherwise awkward cut possible. I personally never thought of doing such a thing, plus I don't like having the end of the tool handle pointing directly at me. When I encounter  this situation, without thinking (insert joke here) I switch hands to make the cut.
So, when confronted with an awkward cut what do you do?
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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #1 - May 14th, 2016 at 8:58pm
 
If I had to eat with my left hand I'd starve. Right handed for me.
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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #2 - May 14th, 2016 at 10:06pm
 
I'm left handed and turn left handed until I have to get the inside of a bowl, I walk around my lathe and turn from the opposite side to finish the interior of bowls.
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Reply #3 - May 15th, 2016 at 4:18pm
 
I need another option. I’m right handed and prefer to do almost everything as a righty would. However, I do occasionally, when caricature carving, if it’s the best way to make the cut, switch to my left hand. Just as in hammering and sawing. Not nearly as adapt with the left just have to go slow and concentrate. I would guess there are several in the same boat. ES
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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #4 - May 15th, 2016 at 5:13pm
 
Edgar Sims wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 4:18pm:
Not nearly as adapt with the left just have to go slow and concentrate. I would guess there are several in the same boat.

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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #5 - May 15th, 2016 at 5:36pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 5:13pm:
Edgar Sims wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 4:18pm:
Not nearly as adapt with the left just have to go slow and concentrate. I would guess there are several in the same boat.

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That will be a full boat.

I can turn left if I need to but mostly right.
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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #6 - May 15th, 2016 at 8:41pm
 
Len Layman wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 5:36pm:
Ed Weber wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 5:13pm:
Edgar Sims wrote on May 15th, 2016 at 4:18pm:
Not nearly as adapt with the left just have to go slow and concentrate. I would guess there are several in the same boat.

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That will be a full boat.

I can turn left if I need to but mostly right.

Same with me - much happier when turning right handed, but can turn left-handed in limited situations - the opportunity for re-design goes up exponentially.
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Reply #7 - May 16th, 2016 at 12:54pm
 
I'm Lefty!! Proud of it! Mostly turn left, but will switch to right as cut demands.  Trying to use stance and technique as shown on several videos has been a chore. Very few Lefty's doing videos.

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Re: Left Right or both?
Reply #8 - May 16th, 2016 at 3:02pm
 
Lefty here, I do what ever is necessary to get the job done, move to either side of the lathe not a problem, just stay out of the line of fire...
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Reply #9 - May 16th, 2016 at 5:12pm
 
If I pick up a gouge, the handle goes in my right hand naturally, and left on the tool rest...I am right handed in everything, writing, throwing, shooting pool,etc.
If I have to go left hand on the handle, I will, but it just feels akward.
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