Armless Carpenter Proves Anything Is Possible


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The next time you are thinking of throwing in the towel because something is too difficult, take a moment to think about Sintayehu Tishale, who has not let the fact that he has no arms prevent him from doing something most people would deem impossible - Build furniture.

The 42-year old craftsman who lives in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, lost his arms at a young age when he was afflicted with polio - A viral nerve disease that can lead to paralysis. The young boy learnt to do adapt at a very early age, using his legs as his 'hands' for everything, ranging from working in the garden, to fixing small things and even, sharpening knives!

Unfortunately for him, his parents didn't really spot his talent and decided that the only way he could make a living, was by begging. Not knowing any better, he took up that lifestyle for a few years. But, he was constantly traveling to neighboring countries in an attempt to seek something better do to.

Then, about 20 years ago, he met his wife, who encouraged him to change his life around. Sintayehu not only taught himself to read and write, but also, worked on developing his rudimentary wood-working skills.

Today, he has become so integrated with his community that nobody even notices his handicap. What they do notice though is his incredible carpentry. The amazing man however dismisses his perseverance with a shrug, saying that while it may surprise other people, to him it's just second nature. His only regret is that his handicap prevents him from building larger pieces of furniture.

While Sintayehu's story would be considered incredible in any part of the world, it is even more so, in a third-world country like Ethiopia, where most able-bodied people do not get half the opportunities we take for granted in the Western world - Just shows that where there is a will, there is a way! So, stop whining and get on with it!


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  • wildizy
    wildizyThursday, April 23, 2015 at 9:28 am
    i can open up doors with my feet but not do this he is tallented!however you spell that lol!
    • djcool123
      djcool123Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm
      this man is so amazeing
      • crystalmori
        crystalmoriWednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm
        I like picking things up and working with my feet, but I haven't tried anything like that. It would take a lot of practice. I think it's awesome that he didn't give up or get discouraged. I know I wouldn't be satisfied with a life of begging, but where most people would just curse their own fate, he tried to make something of himself. I'm glad that he has a lovely wife who supports that and helped him get to this point. Blessings unto you both, and all of Africa.
        • nikukyu
          nikukyuWednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:36 am
          He is so amazing...He shows us that, no matter how dire the situation, there is still hope, if you are willing to work for it!
          • happypug12
            happypug12Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm
            I wonder how much they pay him, since his arms don't work.
            • kourtneeyn
              kourtneeynFriday, May 23, 2014 at 7:15 am
              that man is blessed by my life that's good we made it
              • frozen fanThursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm
                BUT SAD HE HAS NO ARMS
                • frozen fanThursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm
                  WOWZA AWEOME
                  • jake smithMonday, November 26, 2012 at 7:24 am
                    I think this is cool and that he uses his feat as hands that is cool and i wold really hope that dose not happen to me but if it did i would do what he did use my feet for everything .
                    • shelly1223
                      shelly1223Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:38 am
                      i feel so bad for him hes so cool tho he could atchually make stuff with his feet that is sooo AWESOME