- Feb 22, 2021
Due to dumb decisions made when I was young, my wrists are rekt. I can’t make the movement used to rev a motorcycle throttle without occasional searing pain. I’m really new to hand engraving and am trying to find ways to work around it. I hold the graver left handed and turn the vise with my right hand (the one that’s worse). I was a full time bench jeweler for 15 years and can’t imagine not getting scolded by the master jeweler I worked with for raising my elbows like this, but it seems like the best way to turn the vise. Crawling my fingers is comfortable but slip when away from the openings. I’ve thought of a rubber gripper to 3D print and maybe cast in rubber to go around the edge of the vise... pulling my elbow back and wrapping my fingers around the vise so it “unwinds” seems to work sometimes too.. I’m sure I’ll need to be creative and do what’s comfortable for me, so my post is really an invitation to offer suggestions on proper form considering the limitations I’m dealing with.