Earlier this month I taught a Moravian workbench class at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro NC. Unique things tend to be attracted to Roy, this trip an interesting find had shown up once again. A box of tools and a day book/diary belonging to a joiner working in Lexington Virginia dating from just after the Civil War.
Included with the tools was a shapely hand made bow saw, Roy was kind enough to let me make patterns to reproduce it.
The saw frame is made with walnut end bars, white pine stretcher and turned hickory handles.The ends are have chamfers on the inside and outside edges that flow perfectly top to bottom.My favorite detail is how the chamfer is cut in just above the bolster for the handle.A single hole was bored in the center of the stretcher mortise, the waste was then chopped out from either side.
My copy, made from the same woods as the original.I will try to get someone to convert the original saw pattern to a CAD or Sketch Up drawing and so it can be available to everyone here.
The tools, including the saw above, belonged to W. H. Cummings. He was a joiner working in the late 1860’s. More to come, stay tuned!