|Project by summerfi||posted 01-29-2014 02:27 PM||1388 views||6 times favorited||25 comments|
When I acquired this 19th century British handsaw made by Taylor Brothers, it had a non-original handle that a previous owner had mangled. I made this new handle out of figured walnut. I also made the brass split-nuts and screws (except for the medallion) that attach the handle to the blade.
There’s a story behind this piece of walnut. In 1963, when I was 13 years old, my dad and oldest brother made a trip up to the mountains of Virginia to pick up a load of walnut lumber to make kitchen cabinets for the new house my brother was building. There were a few boards left over. Dad was a hoarder of nice wood, and these boards remained in his shop for the rest of his life. In 2003, a few years after his death, I made a trip back to Virginia to load up all the tools and lumber I could stuff into my 3/4 ton pickup. These walnut boards were among the wood I brought home. There are 5 boards, each about 17” wide, 9’ long and rough sawn to about 1 1/8” thick. This handle is the first project I’ve made from these boards, and after aging for 51 years, it should be well seasoned.
-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad