There were 29 members present and 2 guests, our speaker, Phil Baker, and Gonzalo Suarez.
Phil Baker was our presenter. He collects historic hand saws (not power). His favorite type is the back saw, and he brought some examples. One was made in 1760 and another in 1835. Some tidbits: Most saw makers began as file makers. All back saws of less than 12 inches have the same angle (hang) to the handle. The tapered blade gives you a chance to see what you are sawing. The gauge saw had been designed to set the depth of cut with a metal piece, but these are no longer made. A 6” saw was made to cut dovetails, clock parts or miniatures. Saws that cost $2.50 then are selling for $600 now. And he spoke of the process of restoring old saws. He showed us several examples of his saws including the oldest know saw made in America around 1760.
Turners’ Meet October 20, Denny Wetter’s house
Shop Meet, October 26, also at Joe Manke’s house
Next general meeting is November 11, and will be held at Bee Ridge Park
Holiday Party, December 9 at Advantage Lumber, sign up
Terry Bair: Wood and Tool Show, March 18-20
John Slezak: Missing in America Project, needs urns and/or wood
Third Quarter Show & Tell Drawing Winner: Denny Wetter
Show & Tell
Terry Bair—tawny eagle/dryad puzzle
Fred Damianos—floating corner shelves
John Philips—turned vase