|Project by mafe||posted 03-20-2011 03:03 AM||7851 views||36 times favorited||49 comments|
Swans & bones
a bow coping saw
Here is a link for the blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/32147
Do I need another coping saw? No I don’t! Then why? I wanted to and I had to!
Yes the tool maker strikes again (I know I have a serious problem).
I was always fascinated by frame saws (bow saw in US), when I was a boy and visited my friends uncles cabinet making shop and they were hanging there on the wall I loved the look of them, they were like practical sculptures.
And for about a year I had the dream to make a frame saw, but I kept finding other projects that came first, and felt my skills needed to grow before doing this.
But a few days ago I fell over a picture of a frame saw with swans heads, and I had no choice left, I needed to make a frame saw, and I needed to try if I was able to make a swan carving.
(I send a warm thank you to the inspirator who ironically calls himself ‘the toolman’).
(Only tried to carve a little balsa duck and bird with a Stanley knife years ago, otherwise I’m a novice to carving).
So a piece of teak was what I had stiff enough, and this became the basic material.
1. The saw. It is wonderful light.
2. One of the swans.
3. Detail of the winding toggle (this version works half rounds).
4. Before and after raw linseed oil and antique wax, I wanted a used ‘raw’ look.
5. The swans are coming to life, not as hard as I expected, but I had to use a tool that still needs a lot of adjustment ‘the patience tool’.
6. Some teak, a threaded brass rod and a blade, that is almost all you need.
Ohhh yes and a drawing for work inspiration, as usual no measure so plenty of room for fantasy (updated).
For me this was a dream come true, a step on my wood travel, and I’m quite happy for the result, when I get time and energy I will work more on the bones by the blade, these I want to look more like real bones.
Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows even some frame saws.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.