Wood carving for blind people

Wood carving for blind people
Wood carving has a huge part in all historical art. It is wonderful how people can create beautiful things from wood. And this art is available for everyone! And in this blog we want to share with you about wood carving for blind people and to inspire you to create no matter what!

Wood carving for blind people

The vision that creates is not in our eyes, it's the vision in our mind's eye that gives it life.

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.
Woodwork entails a lot of visual and hearing feedback but most of the visual clues are shortcuts in time rather than necessities.

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

Woodworking is a passion and a hobby for Sylvester Regan, a 95-year-old marine veteran.

"I've been carrying a pocket knife since I was nine years old," Marine Veteran, Sylvester Regan said.
Wood carving for the blind
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.