I teach saw sharpening, saw making, and repair classes at woodworking schools across the country. If you are interested in having me to your school or guild to teach, or would like a private lesson, please use the 'Email Me' button below. Here is the list of classes I am teaching this year...
Build A Backsaw
Saturday & Sunday- August 5th & 6th, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:00 pm
In this two day class, I will guide students through the process of building a 12 inch backsaw. Starting with kit of rough parts (purchased by the student ahead of time) and their choice of hardwood for the handle, students will make a complete backsaw which will work as well, if not better, than most you can buy on the open market - and - you will have made it yourself! Instruction will begin with handle design and form, then progress through rough cutting, shaping and fitting. Students will then be guided through the critical steps of joining the back and the spring steel saw blade, and finish up construction with drilling and mounting the finished handle. Finally, students will be instructed how to file, set, and sharpen the teeth to the configuration they prefer- rip, crosscut or sash.
This is a new location for me and it promises to be a great class. Renowned craftsman Mickey Callahan runs the school. In addition to being one of the nicest people you'll ever meet in woodworking, Mickey is also the co-founder and past president of The Society of American Period Furniture Makers.
Nothing beats the cut and feel of a properly sharpened hand saw. Come learn the forgotten secrets to filing your own saws and cut the (power) cord to your table saw! In this introductory class, professional saw doctor Matt Cianci will guide students through the critical steps of sharpening rip and crosscut handsaws used in woodworking. Students will learn the four functional elements of all western hand saw teeth including tooth spacing, rake, set, and bevel, along with the necessary tools and techniques used in sharpening. Matt will guide students through filing rip toothed and crosscut toothed saws in detail. Students should bring one of each saw to practice on in class.
For more details and registration info visit the Woodcraft of Walpole webpage here.