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.
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…
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.
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.