Hi! the first project I’d like to share with all yall this year is this bow saw I made. I was given a bow saw kit from Gramercy tools. Knobs, brass blade holders, 3 – 12 ” saw blades.
They have the plans for free on their website…. however, like many of us, I can’t just go with someone else’s standard or ordinary set up.
So I did a google search for bowsaw, and selected “IMAGES FOR *” and got thousands (well maybe only a hundred or so) of pictures of various types of bowsaws. Thus I chose from ideas and features that I liked and came up with what’s in the picture.
needless to say I am very pleased with it!
I didn’t like the look of the brass “washer”/collar on the brass bits. So I carefully recessed them into the knobs.
The limbs are Osage Orange (osage, boi de’arc), A much maligned and vastly underutilised wood, I love the stuff. and the brace is made from a Purple Heart scrap, the cord is linnen, and the toggle is Beech. ( I think that the knobs are hickory but maybe immature persimmon).
this post by Mafe is also instructional and inspirational if you don’t wish to buy the Gramercy hardware.
-- Kai SaerPren