Sunday, December 17, 2017

Winter Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all saw lovers, wherever you may be.

It's been a busy time since starting back to work in my shop this fall. I've received a steady stream of saw restoration and sharpening work from clients all across the U.S. and parts of Canada. Saws have arrived here from Massachusetts to California, Ontario to Georgia, and many places in between.

I love helping people get their saws back into working shape, but it doesn't allow me a lot of time to work on my own projects. I did, however, recently finish up two saws of my own. First was an 1840's era Groves & Sons 10" brass back dovetail saw. Usually I would say R. (for Richard) Groves & Sons, but this saw is a little unique in that it does not have the R. Perhaps that is an indicator of it's age.

I like the Groves saw so much that I decided to make a copy of it. Being the glutton for punishment that I am, though, not just any copy would do. I made a 0.60 scale tiny version of the saw. It is so small, you can only get one finger around the grip. It is not a toy, however. It is a fully functional 20 ppi brass back dovetail saw. Instead of English beech, I used Brazilian rosewood from my pre-ban stash for the handle. I think the saw turned out somewhere between cute and gorgeous. Rather than being a regular user, it will be displayed as a conversation piece.

Here are pictures of the Groves and copy together, and then of the copy in my hand. If you'd like to read more about the making of this little saw, I have an article here.