Monday, April 28, 2008

some people have no luck

Dan Hill dreamed to be a carpenter. He loved to work with his hands. He liked the idea of creating beautiful things from wood. He wanted the stress-free life of working in a wood-shop.

So, Dan quit his $160,000-a-year job as an investment banker at UBS Bank in London and moved to the town of Bideford to learn carpentry.

Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as Dan expected. It seems he is allergic to wood.

"I had been fine just pottering around on my own but it all started to go wrong when I was doing it all day," he said.

"I was making my first professional piece - a workbench for myself - out of African hardwood when I started to notice this red rash all over my hands and arms.

"My eyes stung all the time and were really sore. They were always red and puffed up and it was really unpleasant."

Wearing a mask and gloves doesn't help. Fortunately, Dan has found at least one wood (Welsh Oak) that doesn't cause the rash. He has moved again to be near his allergy-free lumber.

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