North of England Woodwork and Power Tool Show 18 – 20 Nov 2016

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in News and Events | No Comments

The North of England Woodwork and Power Tool Show will soon be back again and, for the fifth successive year, I will be there, demonstrating techniques, answering questions and showcasing the work of my students.  I am pleased that Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws will also be joining me on one of the days.  Shane will be demonstrating saw sharpening and will be answering saw-related questions. Further details about the timetable for the weekend will be available on this website nearer the time.

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A new hand made dovetail saw.

A new hand made dovetail saw.

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

skelton sawAt the recent Northern Woodworking and Power Tool show in Harrogate Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws came to my stand to show me his new dovetail saw. Shane has taken the bold step of setting up as the only handmade saw maker in the UK, challenging the US dominance in the market.  I must say his first offering was very impressive.

The 10” dovetail saw has 15 tpi rip cut teeth with a canted blade (slightly narrower at the front than the back) and a very fine rosewood handle (which Shane assured me was from sustainable sources). The saw had a nice balance and trying it out on a piece of sycamore proved that the cut was quick and fine. I thought that the 15 tpi would mean the starting cut would be difficult however this was not the case, a testament to Shanes fine hand filing. The saw had a similar feel to a Gramercy dovetail saw belonging to a former American student of mine, strange, as the Gramercy has much finer teeth.