prepaid file packages for delivery at Sawfest – order by 23:59 hours 19 July

For files pre-ordered by midnight 19 July, I offer these VERY good prices for files at Sawfest 2018:

  1. For saws 30 inches and longer: £36 for 6 different files. This excludes the  10” crosscut file which many of you have already  from me.
  2. For panel and tenon saws under 30 inches: £19 for 5 different files
  3. For all saw lengths: £50 for 10 different files. => best value by far ☺


Some files may be available at Sawfest, but not close to these prices. And I may well run out. So please pre-order.

Frankly, I suggest you click on option 3. above. You won’t be disappointed.

There’s no fancy website, no wonderful images – just cracking good value


Small Saw vises for sale at Sawfest

Barry Bate offers these saw vises at Sawfest for £30 ready-to-use. They are good for saws up to 30″. You won’t have to assemble them.
Barry had 5 left and I have just ordered one.
They worked very well at Bodgers Ball where Barry ran a course with them. If you do already have one of these, please bring it to Sawfest!
If you want one of the 4 left, order here.

Sawsmithing – in Norwegian!

Andy Hyde kindly shared this link

I can just make sense of the diagrams, but the Norwegian defeats me.  At least look at the pictures about hammer-face orientation as they will help your choice of where to strike!

If you can help with Norwegian translation – please contact me!

Saw Cleaning with brick and water

Here is one way to lift rust. We will have a saw-cleaning tank at Sawfest in July 2018 so you can get your saws shiny again.

This tank is a sheet of plywood with softwood battens to form the walls and plastic membrane to keep the water in. To prevent leaks, put wooden shims between the saw and the plastic.

saw cleaning tank
saw cleaning tank

Fly Press at Sawfest 2018

Here is the lovely fly press, which will be at Sawfest.

Come and punch teeth in  both old saws and also in new steel.  Because rust will damage the punch, PLEASE shine the area where the punch will fall on the tooth-line before you start to swing that handle.

When I get  a price for the new steel, I will post that in the shop so you could pre-order your stock.

Here are close ups of the punch and die and the register plate arrangement…

Lighting when Smithing saws

The saw-smith shop in the factory I have hired for tuition on July 27, 2018 is wonderfully set up. The anvils are massive and set on concrete. Watch the hammers bounce back after each blow – they really make the job easy.

The light is controlled by the blinds and the black-painted back wall.

Here Bully discusses the lighting arrangement in his shop.

Here Bully shows how to straighten a saw without any straight-edge.

Here Bully shows the importance of black-contrast in your background.


Pilot saw-smithing course ran successfully

Because I wanted to test some ideas about teaching saw-smithing,  I ran a  pilot course in the same factory where the saw-smithing courses will run on Fri 27 July 2019. I invited David Baker, Will Wall and Barry Bate.  Bully the Sawsmith showed us smithing and I practised how to  structure the class.


I love the way he showed us to just sight along a saw to find any bends and kinks and then a quick tap (or ten) to set it right.  This is far quicker than straight-edges.

He then tensioned the saw.