Gnashing of the Teeth... - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
 
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Casual Conversation
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Casual Conversation Off-topic, general chat.


Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2018, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Milton, VT
Posts: 494
Photos: 0

Default Gnashing of the Teeth...

While turning, that is. Not in the biblical sense. Anyone else find themselves clenching their teeth too hard? I find I do it when I'm trying to apply pressure sometimes while sanding or applying finish.

It can't be good...

-gary
__________________
Gary Walz, Vermont Wood'n Pen
Milton, Vermont
Likes: (1)
vtgaryw is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-17-2018, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member Liaison
 
leehljp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tunica, MS,
Posts: 6,093
Photos: 46

Default

I don't usually do that (teeth) but I know the feeling. I concentrate so hard on what I am doing in building, making, or repairing that I become oblivious to the outside world, and I catch myself and realize how tense I have become. I just have to back off and try to relax. Trouble is: I enjoy the intense focusing of creating and problem solving, but realize it is not always healthy.

I usually come away energized from the creativity or problem solving BUT worn out from the process. Not unlike a lineman in a hard fought football game after the game is over and they won by a few points - physically worn out but savoring the victory.
__________________
Hank Lee

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!
leehljp is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-17-2018, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
monophoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Posts: 1,289
Photos: 0

Default

Several years ago, my dentist noted that my teeth were showing signs of wear that suggested grinding during sleep, or some other tension-related response.

Yesterday, I had an emergency visit to my dentist - my symptoms was pain when chewing. After an extensive series of x-rays and tests, the dentist concluded that my problem was not a tooth/dental problem, but rather TMJ - a problem that can be caused by a number of factors including grinding of the teeth and tension. His suggestion was to shift to a diet of softer foods for a week, combined with ibuprophen.

So the point is that this is a real concern, and intense focus creates stress that can have painful consequences.

Intellectually, I know that my best turning results from being relaxed about what I'm doing. But like many others, I often find myself focusing very hard to what I'm doing, and tensing up in a way that I know doesn't produce the best results. And my dentist would add that it's not healthy. And my credit card says that the cost of treatment isn't cheap.
__________________
Louie
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
http://monophoto.deviantart.com
Instagram: @louie_powell_photo
monophoto is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Advertisement
Old 08-18-2018, 10:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
JimB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: West Henrietta, NY, USA.
Posts: 4,356
Photos: 11

Default

I do that occasionally when turning. It usually happens when I am turning large out of balance bowl blanks and am very focused on what I’m doing. I try to be aware of it and not do it.
__________________
Jim
West Henrietta, NY
JimB is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-18-2018, 10:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Wolf Creek Montana
Posts: 208
Photos: 0

Default

I've had that problem in the past. Hard to break, the habit that is, but it can be done. Another problem I had was not blinking my eyes enough. I would get bloodshot eyes and couldn't figure out why. Went to an eye surgeon, had a few tests and he told me I wasn't blinking enough while doing things that require a lot of mental attention, like turning. Again, another hard habit to break but I worked at it and it seems to have gone away.
wolf creek knives is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-18-2018, 06:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
magpens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Photos: 67

Default

I use a "bite-down-on" sports mouth guard during the tension-causing processes of pen turning in order to avoid tooth damage.
__________________
Mal

Kids rule the world !!! .... eventually if not already !






magpens is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-18-2018, 07:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
Member Liaison
 
leehljp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tunica, MS,
Posts: 6,093
Photos: 46

Default

While it is only 6 total posts before this post, I am surprised that this may be somewhat more common than I would have thought.

This is also a thread that I don't remember seeing before.

We might need a forum therapist!
__________________
Hank Lee

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!
Likes: (1)
leehljp is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-18-2018, 10:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
BURLMAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 1,237
Photos: 10

Default

I thought this was supposed to be a relaxing pastime. Grinding teeth = stress. Stress leads to mistakes, which leads to more stress if you are unable to step back and enjoy the process. Mistakes will happen. Let them roll off and learn from them. Walk away when you find yourself grinding. This is supposed to be fun.
Likes: (1)
BURLMAN is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-19-2018, 01:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
magpens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Photos: 67

Default

HaHa !!

Nothing is stress free !!
__________________
Mal

Kids rule the world !!! .... eventually if not already !






Likes: (1)
magpens is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 08-19-2018, 01:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
sbwertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,436
Photos: 25

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by monophoto View Post
Several years ago, my dentist noted that my teeth were showing signs of wear that suggested grinding during sleep, or some other tension-related response.

Yesterday, I had an emergency visit to my dentist - my symptoms was pain when chewing. After an extensive series of x-rays and tests, the dentist concluded that my problem was not a tooth/dental problem, but rather TMJ - a problem that can be caused by a number of factors including grinding of the teeth and tension. His suggestion was to shift to a diet of softer foods for a week, combined with ibuprophen.

So the point is that this is a real concern, and intense focus creates stress that can have painful consequences.

Intellectually, I know that my best turning results from being relaxed about what I'm doing. But like many others, I often find myself focusing very hard to what I'm doing, and tensing up in a way that I know doesn't produce the best results. And my dentist would add that it's not healthy. And my credit card says that the cost of treatment isn't cheap.
I know it sounds weird, but try chewing gum. It keeps you from clenching your jaw. Sugar free gum, of course LOL.
__________________
Sharon in Phoenix

Likes: (1)
sbwertz is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2018 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy