German wheel can be intimidating. It is a massive heavy metal wheel, and when you are learning to drive that crazy thing, it can sometimes feel like it has a mind of its own. One of the big fears a lot of people have is crushing their fingers. It is pretty much the first thing people want to talk about whenever they come up to me. I wrote my first blog post about it (Click here) but I wanted to add a bit. I was reminded recently of the two ultimate truths about German wheel and fingers.
- Yes, you will eventually run over your finger.
- It won’t be that bad.
One of my students rolled over her finger the other day in class and her comment was “oh, that’s it? I have been so scared of doing it for so long. That wasn’t so bad.” Now I should say she did get a very light crushing (really more of a nip) but even the worst finger smash I have seen (there were 5 of us all on the wheel and she slowly rolled over her hand) isn’t that bad. Nothing breaks. Yes, she lost her nail, but they grow back. 🙂 Most of the time it will sting, maybe swell up for a day or two. I consider it a purple badge of pride. Plus when everyone asks what happened, you have a way cooler story than just slamming it in a car door. Actually, it could be great PR for wheel class; a real “conversation starter”. I should crush every students finger in their first class so they would go tell their friend about how awesome German Wheel is! (oh wait, they’d probably just tell everyone I was a sadistic jerk. Yeah, that idea might backfire). Either way, my point is that circus hurts, fingers heal. See you next week, folks.