From the Saw Shop: restoring a damaged saw handle, from ugly duckling to swan.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

George Bishop 12 saw handle

This is an 1880s George Bishop #12 crosscut hand saw handle in barn fresh condition. These were an absolutely gorgeous handle, at least until someone thought breaking the loop on this one was a great idea. At least all the pieces are there, thanks to someone goobering it back together with screws.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The two individual pieces of the broken loop are glued up.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The two broken pieces that were reattached together are now glued back into place in the handle. This required a bit of reshaping to get them to fit as one piece (the first break was the middle of the loop, then both sides broke out separately).

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The handle is now back in one piece, the old screw holes are filled, the repaired breaks are filled, and the first sanding pass is done.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The repaired handle is now finish sanded and waiting for finish.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The handle is just waiting for our special linseed oil based finish to dry, and then it’s back to the saw. Now it’s gorgeous!

swiftwater edge tool works restored vintage tools

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

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