Today I was a semi-guest as the carpenters at the museum hosted Matt Cianci http://www.thesawwright.com/ and http://thesawblog.com/ to show them (and me) how he sharpens saws. We had all kinds of fun.
We went through the basics; jointing, shaping, sharpening, setting, etc. With many detours en route.
Matt thought their shop had the most-heavy-duty easel known to man, but it turned out to be a riving brake.
I had never used, nor seen in action, a saw wrest. Matt showed us how it’s twisted, not levered to set the teeth. Does two at a time, one this way, one that.
We saw how you might need several sizes & thicknesses of saw wrests, then Mark Atchison got out this one – tapered in thickness. Nice detail.
The next generation dove in & sharpened up a bunch of saws.
Matt says his students don’t often bring saws like these to class…
I especially like this handle, done by Matteo (sp?) nice work.
Mark kept dragging out saws the likes of which Matt rarely sees. The pitsaws didn’t make it into the photos, but this crosscut kept Matt entertained for a while.
Then these two nearly derailed the whole afternoon.
Matt says he could read “Kenyon” on this one. I needed more light & magnification.
I got to try a few saw vices, and we uncovered a wooden one in our shop that I hope to copy soon. I’ll shoot it next week. Dead simple. I can’t wait to get to work to fiddle with more saw stuff. It was a blast. Matt dropped off a saw he sharpened for me, as well as a re-hab he did. More later. Thanks to the guys & Matt for a day full of the kind of learning that makes my job fun…