Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 3 days!: Gift Certificates


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Got the last minute Christmas present blues?
Can’t decide on just the right vintage tool?

Give a gift certificate!

Valid for 1 year for any product or service we offer and saves money ($25 certificate for $20, $50 certificate for $40, $100 certificate for $80!), delivered to you digitally, just download and print!

It’s always in style, always the right color, and always the right size! Use it for a top quality restored vintage axe, handsaw, crosscut saw, plane, or a wide range of other tools from Disston, Atkins, Simonds, Stanley, True Temper, Kelley, Snow and Nealley, Plumb, and more! Or use it for sharpening, tool repair, or tool restoration services!

Give a gift certificate today!

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!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 11 days!: True Temper Kelley Works Axe


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

True Temper Kelley Works poll axe
Kelley Works Flint Edge poll axe

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

True Temper (Kelley Works) Flint Edge Poll 3 1/2—

This is the top of the line True Temper Flint Edge single bit axe, 3 1/2lb head, Connecticut pattern! This was and still is a top of the line axe with a lineage back to the Kelly Axe and Tool Company. This axe is extremely clean, well marked, freshly sharpened, with some mushrooming of the poll, and hung on a brand new 27″ ash handle!

$60

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

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!

Christmas 2012 Countdown Sale!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

For 2 days only, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16, take 50% off the list price of any of our high quality restored vintage tools! Handsaws and crosscut saws by Disston, Atkins, and Simonds, axes and splitting mauls by True Temper, Kelley, Snow and Nealley, Collins, Atha, and Plumb, planes by Stanley and Keen Kutter, and more!

(sale price is applied to original list price and may not be combined with any other sale discount currently in progress)

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!

From the Saw Shop, questions and answers: axe head mushrooming, axe handle length.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers!

1. (question about axe head mushrooming)

Mushrooming occurs when the poll (back) of a poll axe is used to pound hard steel objects, such as splitting wedges. Since the core steel of a poll axe is relatively soft, the poll deforms, leaving steel pushed out and hanging over the sides of the head.

If the mushrooming is solid (not cracked) and isn’t fragile enough to come loose, it’s best to leave it alone. It isn’t very pretty but it’s part of the honest history of the axe and grinding steel off the poll is highly likely to unbalance the axe head.

Mushrooming that is cracked and hanging way off the edge is in danger of coming loose and causing a safety issue and should be removed. The problem is that most axe heads when they reach this point have related issues that make them unsafe to use even with the mushrooming cleaned up. These issues include distorted eyes from the same pounding that caused the mushrooming and chips from the polls. Best to can any axe head in that condition, it’s not worth the risk.

2. (question, is a 19″ handle too short for a 2 3/4lb axe head)

Yup, most certainly. Axes 2 1/2lbs and up need at least a 28″ handle to balance properly.

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!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 21 days!: True Temper Kelly Works felling axe


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!


True Temper (Kelly Works) Flint Edge felling —

This is the top of the line True Temper (Kelly Works) Flint Edge double bit axe, 3 1/2lb head. This was and still is a top of the line axe with a lineage back to the Kelly Axe and Tool Company. This head extremely clean, well marked, freshly sharpened, and hung on a brand new 32″ hickory handle!

$75

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

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!

Christmas 2012 Wood Chopper’s Package (axe and crosscut saw) Sale!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

From now until December 24, 2012, take any one or two man crosscut saw from our stock and take any axe or splitting maul from our stock for HALF PRICE! Get a complete vintage wood chopper’s package and save!

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!

From the Saw Shop, questions and answers: axe handles, axe sizes,Disston vs Atkins, and more!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers!

1. (axe handle finish, linseed oil vs urethane?)

Unless you want to create a totally miserable tool to use (and at least a bit dangerous), don’t ever clearcoat an axe handle with urethane of any type. Most replacement axe handles today come with glossy urethane on them, guaranteed to be slippery and hard to control (and at least a bit dangerous) and give you blisters if used with bare hands.

Boiled linseed oil is the proper finish for axe handles (as well as most wooden tool handles of any type). I typically include a bit of spar urethane for durability, but it MUST be mixed in and not applied separately to avoid creating a glossy surface.

2. (difference between a full size and 3/4 size axe?)

The old designations of axe sizes such as 3/4 size are a bit obsolete. It’s far more useful to classify axes by head weight and handle length.

1 1/2lb, 12″ handle hatchet, very light chopping, very light kindling splitting, campfire wood

1 3/4lb, 16-18″ handle hand axe, same as hatchet

2 to 2 1/2lb, 24″ to 28″ handle boy’s axe, light chopping and splitting, stove wood, great camp axe

3 to 3 1/2lb, 28″ handle full size poll axe, medium chopping and splitting

3 1/2lb to 5lb, 36″ handle splitting axe, heavy splitting

3. (which is better, Disston or Atkins saws?)

This is the Ford vs Chevy question. Disston, Atkins, and Simonds were the 3 900 lb gorillas of handsaw manufacturing. All 3 made everything from top quality excellent grade saws to low cost economy grade saws. Other than specialty features, such as the Disston D-8 thumbhole handle rip saw, I don’t think there’s enough difference to turn one brand down in favor of another as a user saw. It appears to me that Atkins OEM’d a lot more of their saws for other people so you’re a lot less likely to find Atkins marked saws than Disston or Simonds.

4. (question about retempering an axe head)

Unless you have access to a forge, I’d forget trying to temper an axe head. There are only two reasons I can think of to ever want to mess with the temper of an axe head. Either the head has been sharpened so much that it’s worn through the original temper, or the axe has been through a high heat event such as a fire. In the old days, blacksmiths would take worn out axe heads and draw the bit out to extend it’s life. I can’t think of any head today that would be worth that kind of effort. If you have an axe head that’s been through enough of a fire to draw the temper, do yourself a favor and deep six it, it’s unlikely to ever be truly safe again.

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!