Quick saw vise

If you want a vise NOW…  A quick solution is plank clamped to a table or workmate. Workmate-vises need someone else to sit on it to  stop it wobbling as you file. Any such sitter  will want both reassurance and  padding between them and the saw teeth.

Crosscut saw Conversion #3 to Rip

I took a peg tooth cross cut saw and chopped the teeth shorter. Then I filed a pitsaw pattern into it. This was easier than I thought. I was greatly helped by some pitsaw files and chainsaw files I recently imported. Whilst shaping & filing the teeth was easy, cutting down the dry beech log snagged a lot until the … Read More

Folding Sawbuck.

Because the horns ‘C’  slide  left and right this sawbuck fits logs of varying lengths. If you have 2 you can work on long logs. And because they fold flat they take up little storage space. ref units unit length (cm) total (cm) Softwood 63 x 38 mm leg A 4 103 412 slider C 2 38 76 stretcher B … Read More

Saw Smithing

Saw Smithing means hitting saws with hammers to straighten and tension them to make them stiffer. At Sawfest 2018 we were visited by Tony Walker, retired owner of Atkinson Walker, sawmakers in Sheffield.  You’ll get the principles of it in from Tony in above video in 2 mins 34  secs.   Sight along your saw to see if it is bent … Read More

Saw Handles compared

"Flicker Forge" Handle

The best saw handles currently available world-wide are from Flicker Forge. I don’t sell these & get no commission but do heartily recommend ’em. No matter where you are in the world you’ll own a pair for probably less than several hundred dollars after paying shipping and customs. The fitting alternates between felling (with saw horizontal) or rotate 90” for … Read More

stool repair

stool with woven top

We have 2 stools like this in our kitchen. Every day I sit on one of them and the woven tops stretched and got slack. So I took undid the knots and re-wove the kambaa plaited fibre. The video links below show in wonderfully sped-up time the process.

Have-a-go outdoor bread-baking & human-powered grain-milling

Roccbox oven

Here’s how I do have-a-go pitta bread making… I often brush olive oil on with a sprig of rosemary and serve up on cleft planks of wood. Before we bake, we can grind grain into flour with the bicycle-powered grain-mill. At first I had the mill behind the miller – here is the pancake option… Because people like to see … Read More

Pizza baking at The Stove Network Dumfries

Shedtherapy were hired by Stove  Network who provided helpers to shape our pizzas and cook them in the Roccbox. This was part of Big Burns Supper and tested the idea of providing activity in Dumfries town centre during the events. Our novice crew sold some 30 pizzas  over 2 hours whilst pizza-eaters saw a variety of films projected on the … Read More

is Taper Grinding by hand still feasible?

I visited a grinder in Sheffield to explore taper grinding of long saws. Whilst his stone is smaller diameter than those shown in old drawings it did work quickly. If we were to fix the blade to a ‘scorching board’ it will be more controllable. When I run this particular saw in a log, I’ll blog again – I hope … Read More