Proto Saw Fest - Scotland, late 2013

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Gavin Longrain
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Proto Saw Fest - Scotland, late 2013

Post by Gavin Longrain » July 1st, 2013, 1:40 pm

I plan a gathering of saw filers here in Scotland later this year here in my workshops Dalbeattie, Scotland. Date is flexible at present (possibly Sat 2 and Sun 3 November 2013) and the date would be highly influenced by the arrival of any knowledgeable saw filer from US. Given we are self-taught and find this forum incredibly valuable, we'd love it if anyone who knows a bit about saw filing wished to join us for the skill-share weekend to be called "Proto Saw Fest". Sadly, there won't be a contribution to your air fares to Proto Saw Fest, but at least you'd have to pay nowt for accomodation if you were a knowledgeable filer and came here to help us. I call it Proto Saw Fest, cos I'll organise a Real Saw Fest once I have had a practise run and worked out the problems. ( And if you were a competent filer and thinking of coming to UK, you may be better advised to come later for Real Saw Fest, as I can then sell your skills to others and so may then be able to pay towards your airfare.)

Participants at Proto Saw Fest will pay nothing for tuition ( because I cannot yet demonstrate value for tuition) but will pay for resources used. I think capacity would be 8 persons. I have 4 definites so far, one highly probable and 2 maybes.

Outline Agenda- suggestions welcomed for additions / variations:
  • 1. On the Friday before the actual weekend, make saw-vises for those that lack them - I'll procure materials to suit.
    2. For those that wish to buy new water-jet cut saw plate(s) that I am about to source: File and fit such new sawplates, starting with a common non-raker pattern so we are all filing the same profile and can compare techniques and results better. (And no, I don't yet know the price of such saw plates, but will v soon!)
    3. Refurbish old saws that folks are sure to bring along.
I need people that are coming to fabricate, or others who are not but wish to sell quantities of:
  • a. swaging hammers any other swaging device e.g.
    b. setting anvils e.g. end of old axles? mild steel scrap?
    c. diffent ways of measuring set e.g. Kafer dial gauges, fabricated gauges, spider gauge...
    d. Jointers
    e. cross-pein hammers - and other hammers for truing buckled blades
    f. The jig and tooling Warren Miller uses at 6:47 in this video where he punches handle holes in a newly-shortened saw.
    g. handles - we need to make new, removable Eastern or Western or Loop handles, and make or source helper handles for the newly fitted saw plates. But from whom & how?
    h. 'D' handles plus fixings for one-man saws
    i. files - in quantities and profiles to suit the saws we'll be filing
    j. pumice or other abrasive stone - for clearing rust off old saws
    i. raker gauges of varying widths to suit different raker-teeth e.g.
    j. tension gauges
    What else have I left out?
I have a belt grinder, a 56 cm whetstone and a gas-forge and a coke-forge and blacksmith's anvils. (Whether those resources are relevant remains to be seen.) And a big jolly wood stove if gets cold. We'll have more fun than you can poke a stick at!

If you'd like to come, PM me to tell me what your skills and interests are and I will allocate jobs to you.