BELLINGHAM, WA -- A homeless man is recovering after severing his arm in a homemade guillotine.

Police say the guillotine unexpectedly dropped on the man's shoulder Thursday at makeshift camp where he was living.

The man ran to a nearby medical clinic, leaving the his arm behind.

Nurses at the clinic called 911 and an ambulance rushed the man to a hospital.

Officers checked a wooded area near the clinic and discovered the man's camp.

At the location, officers found the guillotine and severed arm.

Officers say the guillotine was constructed out of 2 by 6 by at least 12-feet tall timbers that the man found by scavenging the local area.