Tragic Accident Doesn't Stop Local Artist's Dream

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Updated: 9/11/2013 12:03 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – Reno artist, Jimi Damone's work speaks for itself.  Pieces capture fine details in original leather and woodwork; a passion that recently led him to Portland, Oregon.

"I know a few people up there and they took me in with open arms and brought me to the wood shop and taught me how to do some awesome things with new tools I’ve never seen before,” Damone said.   “Basically, I became an apprentice."

On Aug. 26, Damone was helping a friend with an art piece using reclaimed wood and a jointer machine.

"With reclaimed wood, it's always twisted and everything so you have to have a level surface and I was putting one piece through the jointer that was very twisted.  I kept putting it through and one time, the pinky dropped off edge of the board and barely touched the blade and it grabbed it and sucked my hand in," Damone said.

By the time he pulled back, the damage had been done.

"I lost three fingered completely, down basically to the hand; index and thumb - lost the tip.  I lost a lot of movement because of the muscles that were destroyed and the bones that were mangled," Damone said.

Exactly two weeks after the accident, Damone got his first look under the bandages.

"Yesterday, when I got the stitches pulled out it hit me pretty hard because it was the first time I saw it all unwrapped and what I’m going to be dealing with the rest of my life.  But, it also gave me motivation because I have a fight I have to conquer - I'm not going to let this one hand beat me," Damone said.

Damone’s friends are doing their part, starting several fund raisers to help pay for Damone’s uninsured medical bills and months of therapy ahead, so he can focus on getting back into the wood shop.

For the most part, I hope to progress from where I was.  I always want to get better, so I don't want to decrease in my talents.  I wouldn't want anyone to give up, ever.  It's not what you're supposed to do.  Your body has drive and you need to drive it," Damone said.

Sept. 13th, the Reno Public House will host a benefit for Damone beginning at six o’clock complete with a raffle and live music.  Aces tattoo shop will offer “Jimi” tattoos all day for $20.  Additionally, Freeman’s Natural Hotdogs will donate fifty percent of all sales on Friday to the fund. 
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OhNoSancho - 9/12/2013 7:17 PM
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drb775, oh boy...

OhNoSancho - 9/12/2013 7:14 PM
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Best wishes Jimi. I really like your leather work and look forward to the show tomorrow. I am happy to hear that you still have a positive attitude and hope that this won't slow you down.

Bossman775 - 9/12/2013 10:26 AM
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FYI ... This guy is not a drug addict ... If we're judging books by their covers then ... You're a pretentious douche bag.

drb775 - 9/11/2013 10:44 PM
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also i am not one to judge solely on appearance but this guy looks like a drug addict and/or recovering addict, i wonder if he was sent to concentra immediately following the incident... food for thought

Shapiro - 9/11/2013 6:07 PM
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Here is a link where you can donate directly. https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/s4z2/jimi-damone/updates/40266 Drb775, maybe if you had participated more in community or at least been nice, people would have thrown you a fundraiser too... Food for thought.

shnucks - 9/11/2013 5:45 PM
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Always got to love a good troll. I don't care what happened, here's to you getting better Jimi!

drb775 - 9/11/2013 4:30 PM
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as a tradesman, these things happen it comes with the territory, i personally had a similar incident last year with my index and thumb on my primary hand went to er got closed up went to work the next day like my father and his father would have. it happened because i was fatigued and foolish, i cant feel remorse for this guy, he did it to himself, he should(and probably did) know the consequences if he mucked up...he just didn't respect the equipment enough for a split second and thats all it takes, also thats why only those who wear gloves are missing full digits, lose the gloves be a man deal with splits and splinters,slivers and calluses its better than dealing with nubs. i'm not trying to be rude, but come on life goes on, how did this even make the news? our fathers/grandfathers are rolling in shame that men can't deal with these things without spectacles and help. think about WWII era vets(and everyone from said era) and how they were then re-read this and tell me our society hasn't been softened or as i like to say pu$$ified...
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