Hand Tools Archive

Re: One Hand Trains the Brain to Control the Other

Bob Lang
My grandfather was ambidextrous. He attributed it to his apprenticeship in the early 1900s. Fresh off the farm he had no real experience with tools and beat up whatever hand was holding the chisel. When one hand got to hurting too bad to hang on to the chisel, he switched hands. When I first learned how to use hand tools I kept this story in mind and tried new tasks with both hands, figuring I may as well learn to do things left handed since I didn't know how to do them right handed either.

It comes in handy as it is often easier to just switch hands than it is to make another set up to do something with my preferred hand. I also switch directions and pull planes when I need to.

Bob Lang

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