About a month ago I asked where I could find a barnwood beam. I ended up using The Barn Side of a Broad in Garner. Debbie was great and found me a fantastic beam. I replaced my old mantel with it this weekend and wrote up a how-to. Check it out: Mounting a floating barn beam mantel
There wasn't enough flesh and skin remaining to stitch mine closed. There are two dissolving stitches deep down then just an open wound. The doctor had to cut out some of the mangled meat in my thumb before wrapping it up. I don't think I'm avoiding a scar.
Yeah, unfortunately, that only works if you use it. Odds are I'd do something without thinking and bounce a finger off the blade. I've had two injuries and have made thousands of cuts. Statistically, I didn't hurt myself.