Gofundme started for Lunen­burg County crafts­man af­ter ta­ble saw maim­ing

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Cameron Maclean had cut a piece for a mag­a­zine rack more than 100 times, but a snag would re­sult in him los­ing his mid­dle fin­ger.

“I was just cut­ting a piece that I make on the ta­ble saw, push­ing it through with my hand, and it sort of bound on the back-end of the blade, kicked back and car­ried my hand across the blade with it,” re­called the Of­f­cut Stu­dio owner of the Sept. 19 ac­ci­dent.

“This just flew right out of the blue.”

The ta­ble saw slashed the un­der­side of Maclean’s right in­dex fin­ger on an an­gle from the tip to knuckle, halfway through the bone, but his mid­dle fin­ger suf­fered more se­vere dam­age.

“It was just at­tached by what­ever was left,” re­called the cer­ti­fied fur­ni­ture maker, who has been prac­tis­ing his craft for about 12 years.

An­neke van Bom­mel, Maclean’s wife, drove him to the South Shore Re­gional Hos­pi­tal from the stu­dio at their Con­quer­all Mills home. Maclean got X-rays and treat­ment for the pain at the Bridge­wa­ter hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing sent to a plas­tic sur­geon in Hal­i­fax.

The stu­dio owner re­ceived about a dozen stitches on his in­dex fin­ger, but lost his mid­dle fin­ger.

“It was all kind of a blur,” re­called Maclean of his time at the Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal.

Two days af­ter the ac­ci­dent, Rachel van Bom­mel, Maclean’s sis­ter-in-law, of­fered to set up a Gofundme cam­paign for him.

“I wasn’t too sure I wanted to do it at first, be­cause I did kind of feel it was char­ity, but I did also re­al­ize that, you know, I needed char­ity,” said Maclean, “I needed some help.”

As a stay at home mom with­out any in­come, Rachel couldn’t help them fi­nan­cially but wanted to do some­thing. She set up the fundrais­ing cam­paign on Sept. 24 with a goal of $3,000.

“I knew this was not a small ac­ci­dent for a craftsper­son that works with his hands,” said Rachel, An­neke’s sis­ter. “Money is not some­thing they should be wor­ried about at this time.”

Eighty-eight peo­ple had do­nated a to­tal of $9,505 by Thurs­day af­ter­noon. The funds will go to­ward costs as­so­ci­ated with Maclean’s liv­ing ex­penses, as he’s un­able to work, and for trav­el­ling to ap­point­ments and other med­i­cal costs.

“It’s been pretty amaz­ing, both for the fi­nan­cial re­lief, be­cause I don’t know how long I’m go­ing to be off work with this, and just emo­tion­ally to see how many peo­ple who wrote nice words and do­nated,” said the stu­dio owner, who es­ti­mates he does about 30 or­ders a month.

Maclean, whose in­dex fin­ger is ban­daged and in a brace, had an ap­point­ment with a plas­tic sur­geon in Hal­i­fax on Wed­nes­day and is tak­ing it day by day.

He is to have surgery at an un­known date to reat­tach the ten­dons and will un­dergo phys­io­ther­apy to re­gain as much move­ment as pos­si­ble.

“I know I’ll have use of my right hand, but I don’t know what kind of dex­ter­ity and things,” said the left-handed craftsper­son.

“There’s been so many peo­ple that have reached out: Peo­ple I’ve only met once, peo­ple I’ve never met, peo­ple that are just friends of fam­ily or friends of friends,” he said.

“It’s been maybe the most pos­i­tive thing of all this, to just see what a strong com­mu­nity there is around me and just how com­pas­sion­ate all these peo­ple have been.”

Maclean also ex­pressed grat­i­tude for his wife, who has been “do­ing ev­ery­thing and put her work on the back burner,” and the hos­pi­tal staff.

“Cameron is a very con­sid­er­ate and gen­tle guy that will go out of his way to help any­one in need and is pretty much the def­i­ni­tion of kind­ness,” said Rachel. “Maybe he’s get­ting that karma back.”

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An­neke van Bom­mel

Cameron Maclean

An­neke van Bom­mel

A Gofundme cam­paign has raised $9,505 and count­ing for Cameron Maclean, owner and op­er­a­tor of Of­f­cut Stu­dio, af­ter he lost his mid­dle fin­ger and se­verely in­jured his in­dex fin­ger in a ta­ble saw ac­ci­dent at his stu­dio on Sept. 19.

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