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Finding a Hobby While Recovering


Finding a hobby can help you pass time while recovering as well as help you to become skilled at your new found hobby.

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									Finding a Hobby While Recovering

Often, people in Utah who are recovering from a major surgery find themselves seeking out a hobby to
help them pass the time as they recover. Along with the recuperation routine prescribed by their
orthopedic surgeon in Utah, recovering patients can become actively engaged in an activity to help them
remain productive and sharp through their recovery process.

Wood Working
One of the great hobbies that many people have found to be both mentally stimulating and enjoyable to
engage in is wood working. Wood working allows recovering individuals a creative outlet while they
recover and a lifelong hobby to enjoy following their recovery.

                        One of the primary responsibilities of a person who gets involved in wood
                        working is the care and maintenance of their tools. The care that one gives their
                        tools will be reflected in the longevity and performance of the tool.

                        Before one does any maintenance on their woodcarving tools they should
                        consider clearing a perimeter at about an arm’s length all around. Keeping
                        others out of this zone will prevent the vast majority of accidents from occurring
                        while either working or maintaining the woodcarving tools.

                        Sharpening a tool is fairly easy, but there definitely is technique behind this
                        action. The most commonly used wood carving tool is a pocketknife, so going
                        over how to sharpen one of those is something worth discussing.

To begin with, one will need to have access to a whetstone. These can be bought at a hardware store or
hobby shop easily for a very affordable price, and they are some of the most useful items one can have.

Sharpening a Knife
To sharpen a knife, hold the whetstone in the off hand. The stone works best when it is lubricated with
oil or water, so it will be important to lubricate it from time to time
while working. Holding the knife in the other hand, a person can
position the blade so that it is at an angle facing down toward the

At this point in time, the blade should be nearly parallel to the flat
surface of the stone. Shift the blade so that it is touching the stone,
and then apply pressure down while gently pushing away from
oneself using a gently curving motion.

This is done so that the edge of the blade is thinned and sharpened. Repeat this process a few times,
and then flip the blade over.
Once again, put pressure on the blade so that the edge is being honed. One does not have to do this for
a very long period of time before the blade will become noticeably sharper.

There should be an appreciable difference in sharpness over the blade after a short time of using the
whetstone properly. Do not over sharpen the blade, as this can actually lead to dulling the blade faster
once woodcarving resumes.

Once done, wipe off the knife and then use it as needed. Done correctly, this process should be able to
keep tools in good shape for a very long period of time and so allow a recovering patient the ability to
keep up their newly-found hobby even after they have fully recovered from their operation.

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