"it will take off your finger before you even know it's hit you."
That comment reminded me of the importance of using only tools you can control, always observing tool safety, & using the right tool for the job. I'm sure there's still a scar on my scalp from the time I was hammering a broomstick into the ground with a claw hammer. Don't know why I was doing that. Give me a break, I was five years old. That probably explains why:)
Argue for your limitations and they are yours forever
My wife is extremely handy with tools, stemming mainly from the fact that she's been a sculptor in bronze & glass for over 20 years. She regularly makes use of propane torches, angle grinders, belt grinder, pneumatically powered tools (of the die-grinder type), hammers, electric drill, soldering iron, and sandblaster. Outdoors, she does a fair amount of digging with a garden spade and uses other garden hand tools, and she splits wood with an axe.
She's not big — standing 5'4" tall, and weighing about 120 lbs (when she feels she has her weight under control). And here's the reason I thought I'd post a reply. She always felt she wanted to leave all the chainsawing to me, because she not only hates the sound of the machine's engine and its output of smoky exhaust, but also she always doubted she had the strength to manage the dangerous tool. But since I acquired a battery-powered cordless small chainsaw for pruning and for cutting smaller firewood rounds, she has tried this tool and realized she can handle it safely to do some things she wants to do. It's not only lighter and smaller, but smoke-free and quieter.
Joel: Cool, I'm glad she is comfortable with it. It gets back to the bit I said about the tools that are designed for the big guys being designed for high upper body strength. They are unwieldy and not comfortable for some of us less strong women. But your big chainsaw is also probably designed to take down good sized trees, not for small wood. I have a small battery chainsaw, and it's way different that the big ones that terrified me.
Part of the reason I wrote this thread was to let women know there ARE other options other than getting your butt kicked by things that are just too big for you. A lot of women don't know there ARE other options :)
Tell your wife that a tool using lady on Permies says HI!! :D