Wood carving for blind people
Perhaps you have been woodworking all your life as a sighted person and for some reason you are losing or have lost your vision. You can still continue to enjoy your craft safely and successfully.
A blind or visually impaired woodworker uses the same tools and power equipment as a sighted person. The only real difference is how we mark and measure.
There are a lot of old school techniques that anyone can perform without the risk of large amounts of horsepower. You can cut straight by hand with a saw and sharpen hand tools to the point where they work effortlessly. Some setups just don't care if it is 15/16 or exactly 1″ it is more about consistency part to part. So yes there are short cuts and ways to verify and ensure correct work that do rely on feel and repetition.
Story of Sylvester Regan
"I've been carrying a pocket knife since I was nine years old," Marine Veteran, Sylvester Regan said.
He has been creating works of art with his own two hands for decades now. His specialty is walking sticks.
"It gives me a chance to express the idea that I have in my mind," Regan said.
One of his most prized possessions his brag stick. It's a stick that shows off all of the branches of military that his family members served in.
"It starts with my sons. The oldest ones served in the air force," Regan said.
It’s sort of family tree that helps him get around; because Sylvester is legally blind.
"If I make a walking stick or cane I do that all by memory," Regan said.
He has mastered perfectly and precisely hand making works of art even though he has very little vision left.
"I can look at a piece of wood and see what’s in there, is it an animal a bird something else," Regan said.
He now uses his senses and muscle memory to create and carve. Never allowing his loss of sight to take away the thing he loves most.
"It’s something that I can do with my hands. It a creation that's something new that's not been done before," Regan said.
He says he only makes one of each walking stick, selling and giving away hundreds to friends and family.
Each piece reminds him of a special time in his life allowing him a trip down memory lane as he feels each work of art.