|Project by Sparksnswarf||posted 10-11-2013 03:26 PM||1459 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This is the first project of mine I have deemed post worthy. My journey into wood work has only recently begun but thankfully I have a mentor to guide me on my way. One day while discussing my quickly developing skill and love for wood work and my slowly developing collection of tools my mentor went to a dark corner of his work shop and emerged with three hand saws. Under a protective layer of wax and dust were two Henry Disston saws and another saw of as yet unknown heritage. Sadly, two of the handles were broken and of the three only one handle fit my hand comfortably. So began my journey after promising to finish the ceiling my mentors’ bedroom.
I had been given a goodly pile of wood by my mentor and after selecting suitable pieces of timber I set to work. The handles were striped from the saws and templates were made using the more comfortable handle as a basis for all three. Then began the sawing, shaping, sanding, carving, filing and drilling. Until I stood back and saw what I had wrought. Three beautiful saws with new handles that when used feel like grasping the hand of an old friend.
The two crosscut saw handles are made of Transvaal Teak. The ripsaw handle is of an unidentified hard wood that was less forgiving to work with. The only task I have left to do is to joint the teeth and lovingly reshape and reset them before I can add them to my ever growing tool cupboard.
-- What man is a man who does not try to make the world around him better.