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Do You Wrap Your Tools To Make Them More Comfortable To Hold?

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After a day of carving yesterday my thumb is still hurting and I feel like I need to start exploring some options! I've seen a lot of photos of tools that have obviously been wrapped up to form a cushion to make them more comfortable to hold, but I can never really tell what's going on. Wondering if any of you have a material/method that works for you? 

 

I went ahead and attached a photo of the tool I use for carving.

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Have used to improve the "holding" of carving tools:

wrap tool with:

masking tape

cotton cord

1/8 inch foam sheet

copper wire

elastic bandage

rubber bands

black friction tape

leather shoe lacing

 

remove the "business end" of the carving tool and attach to a custom made handle that fits my hands.

 

LT

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my hand therapist talks about a product you can coat your tools with so they are like those "soft " pens you sometimes see. No clue what it is but wish i had some.    rakuku

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Plasti-Dip-14-5-oz-Black-Rubber-Coating-11603-6/202196703

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I reached the quota for "likes". (What's up with that, anyway? Seems to me I should be able to show that I like (means appreciate the value of  the content and/or the spirit of the post) as many posts as I choose. Anyway....thank you Neil. I "like" your instant info and the convenience of the link and I am on my way to Home Depot now!!! This will definitely help with the arthritis in the hand. 

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I approach the tool problem from a different angle. You know those really soft work gloves with the grip buttons on them, yep. Works real well for me. At the same time, I use a little over the counter arthritis cream on my hands before putting on the glove. 

 

best,

Pres

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Thanks everyone for these ideas! Something like Vet Wrap / Bandage had occurred to me when I posted this but I never know if I'm just making things up that wouldn't really work. I'm pretty excited about the pipe insulation idea though and I'll see what I can find my next trip to the hardware store!

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When my fingers lock up (stick straight out or bent) which is more often these days I cannot hold a tool no matter whats wrapped on it so I do not wrap them.

This seems to happen after glaze day which is the most brutal day on hands

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My hand therapist gave me some fan tools to slide over tools, pencils, etc. That was in 1982 after carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. 

Neil I love that Plastic dip link. Thanks for posting that. And I have likes left for today. 

Marcia

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