This blog describes my progress in woodworking with hand tools. My dad has planted the seed a long time ago, I think I got my first (and only, yet) panel saw when I was eight. Since then, I have occasionally build furniture in my dad’s well equipped shop, but recently I decided that I need my own shop, in the garden shed that you can see in the header. This garden shed is quite limited in terms of space, so a table saw or similar power tools are out of questions, besides, I can’t afford it. This led me on the slippery slope, as it is commonly called, of handtool-only woodworking. I’m really flattered by the amount of information that is available on the internet (have a look at my blog roll for an obviously incomplete selection), this blog is an attempt to give a very little bit of information back.
I live in southern Bavaria in Germany, so, if I try to keep my approach traditional, I should use a bow saw for almost every sawing job, chisels and wooden planes as my main tools. So far, I have equipped myself with all (well, most of, I’m afraid it never ends…) planes that I need on Ebay, but the bow saw is still missing, at the moment, I’m using two japanese saws.
Stay tuned, if you wish, and feel free to contact me, if you wish, at firstname.lastname@example.org
I think it is time for an update. By now, I have extended my saw collection quite a bit:
- traditional bow saw, acquired at a garage sale, sharpened, but now equipped with a japanese blade. I use this saw quite a lot
- panel saws: a small “Fuchsschwanz” with a beautiful handle and a large rip panel saw from the flea marked. One day I’m going to write a post about those
- a gent’s saw from Thomas Flinn, Sheffield. I haven’t tried this baby out yet, it arrived only yesterday. But she’s definitely a beauty.
All these new and shiny (well, some) tools obviously don’t make me a better woodworker, but I hope, they make the path to becoming one easier.