We’re in the last week of the semester.  So far I’ve had quite a bit of fun and learned quit a bit by totally destroying a bunch of stuff and making about every mistake possible.   I will have a working trapper pistol when this is all over with, but I ran into a slight snag.  The general diagnosis is that I broke my left hand’s ring finger when I dropped the 4-jaw chuck on the lathe rails, which my finger happened to be resting on.  That has made filing sort of a pain and pretty well wasted my whole day.  Oh well, the semester is over on the 10th.  I can manage that long.  

But I’d have made a great human cannonball.