Hand Tools Archive

Re: One Hand Trains the Brain to Control the Other

Luke Dupont
Interesting. I have just the opposite experience with both Martial Arts and woodworking.

The particular art that I studied emphasized training both sides equally, so we always start with our off hand and then work on the primary hand. In that art, I had no problems using both hands equally.

However, when I started studying a different martial art, I focused on my primary side and neglected my off hand, and it showed. My right hand was very skilled, but I was essentially a complete beginner when switching to my left.

I find the same in woodworking. I'm still not comfortable sawing, paring, or sharpening with my left hand. I've tried a few times with awkward results.

Do you suppose that over the years, you've used both hands more than you realize, picking up muscle memory in both?

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