“Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.” – Buddha “Indeed, my heart found pleasure from the results of my hard work; that was the reward from all my hard work. But when I surveyed all that my hands had done, and what I had worked so hard to achieve, I… Continue reading All the waters run to the sea and yet the sea is not full
I’ve spilled enough digital ink writing about the handle of the dovetail saw that I’m working on without saying much about what I was hanging it on. I mean to fix that here. The plate came from the tip of an old D-23, and while I haven’t measured it with calipers (I don’t have any, gasp)… Continue reading deets and digits
While holding a hand saw is a very tactile action, there is something intangible in the way our hands interlock with the handles of these tools; something that transcends utility and approaches alchemy. When I think about the level of craftsmanship that is currently being exemplified by Mark Harrell over at Bad Axe Toolworks or Shane at… Continue reading with a cherry on top
This is part III of a story that begins here and continues here. The miter/tenon saw restoration/transformation that has been going on in my shop has been an evolving experiment to some degree. The idea was always to cut the saw down and re-engineer it as a tenon saw. That work has come in stages.… Continue reading the hybrid
If you’re like me you have a wood pile, a cut-offs pile and then one or two more divisions under that of smaller cut-offs. Little pieces that you don’t want to burn or throw in the trash because you just know have to be useful for something. There are always extra bits. The trick is… Continue reading the extra bits
As a continuation from this post, there are times when you’re doing tool surgery when you have to make choices. In my experience, however, decisions about how long the saw should be, how much cant it should have, the hang of the handle, etc. are much more about looks and feel than a series of… Continue reading a tale of five kerfs
When you take the plunge into restoring old tools, there are some days that you feel a bit like a historian and a conservator, and there are others when you feel like a surgeon in a field hospital. It’s inevitable in the hunt for fine tools at flea markets, that you will sometimes run into… Continue reading Somedays you’re a historian, others a surgeon.