For some people, it’s a way of life, a way of earning a living. For others, it’s a hobby, an outlet for creativity.
“I want to make furniture with my hands, and I’ll probably never be able to because I’m not as good as I’d like to be,” says Lydell, who now makes furniture for his mom at the family’s North Vancouver store.
It seems impossible, but Lydell is one of the lucky ones. The last straw was when he had to cut off his arms because they were fused to his shoulder.
The first step to fixing a bone is to look to the other side, look at your own shoulder bone and see if you can remove it entirely with wire cuts. Lydell did.
“You just have to get to the source. The bone isn’t the problem, you just have to take a look at how it works to see where the problems exist,” says Lydell, who can now use the joint as a brace but has to wear it in place of a finger.
Lydell has made more than 300 wire cutters, and his website makes it easy to order the tools. The tools are priced at $80 per foot, plus shipping.
Not everyone can afford these $60,000 machines and $25,000 braces as it is. If you’re like Lydell and are on the lower end of the income scale, you might be able to get a bone and wire cutter — a tool at least an average Joe could afford.
But you don’t need an industrial machine to use a bone and a wire cutter; in fact, you could use a simple kitchen knife (even with a serrated blade) to cut a bone.
“You can use it as a kitchen knife, or it can even be used as a bone chisels. So if you go to somebody and ask for this bone chisel, they’ll give you this.” – Rene Lydell
“Some people like to buy them for that reason: ‘I’m going to try them out on something and see if this makes a difference.'”
If you’re not sure what you’re doing with a bone chisel, check out this video by our friend Jason Osofsky of the YouTube channel “Crafts With the Fork.” (If you’re looking for a more in-depth tutorial on bone chisels, be sure to watch the video by
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