No Armed Carpenter?

(HuffPo) – A carpenter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, works so handily with tools that you’d never guess he made his stylish tables and chairs with his feet. He’s Sintayehu Tishale, and this 42-year-old woodworker has been hammering away as one of the area’s finest craftsmen for more than 20 years, according to Barcroft Media, a British news agency.Tishale lost the use of his arms after being born with debilitating polio, but hasn’t let that stop him from defying the odds to become a successful provider for his wife, Guday Agazu, 38, and their five kids. Despite his limited mobility, the skilled craftsman wields a hammer with incredible accuracy and can saw, chop, hammer, lathe wood and operate dangerous machinery with his dexterous feet, skills he taught himself as a child.

Can’t be easy losing your arms to polio, which I honestly didn’t even know still existed. I thought polio was a legend or something. Like it was on par with the plague or Big Foot. Know what I mean? You heard about it in school and shit, but the only evidence of it was black and white and grainy pictures. Fake life stuff. Still, I’m happy for Sintayehu Tishale. He looks like he can hammer and saw with the best of him. But don’t feed me a line of bullshit that he’s a “skilled craftsman.” Just because the dude has monkey feet doesn’t mean I’m letting him repair my porch any time soon. 200% chance that a 9 year old with a Pretend and Play tool belt and Bob the Builder helmet can build shit better. I mean how the fuck does this guy even have a job? I gotta imagine that no arms is a dealbreaker for a carpenter. It would be like a blind cabbie or a toothless dentist. As soon as you laid eyes on them you’d say, “Appreciate you coming out, but I think we’re gonna take this project in another direction.”

Raise your hand if you think you’re a skilled craftsman? Nothing from you, Sintaeyhu? Yeah, didn’t think so.

PS – sick workman’s outfit. Credit where credit is due.


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