Mobile sharpening service: Do you want more traffic for your Maine business?


Would you like to attract more people to your Maine business?

Do you run a hardware store, building supply business, farm supply business, restaurant supply business, or almost any other business at all?

I’m currently looking for one day a week or one day every two weeks parking locations across central, southern, and coastal Maine to bring the mobile sharpening service to! Let me attract more customer traffic to your location for no cost other than the use of a couple of parking spaces for a day!

I’m looking primarily for sites in town, on busy roads, in low speed zones (bonus points for a traffic light or stop sign intersection!), but I’ll consider almost any location!

What do I need to do this? Just two parking space lengths of clear ground! No power, no special facilities, the mobile rig is entirely self contained. I come to your location, open the door, serve customers, and drive away at the end of the day, it’s that simple and easy.

If you have a hardware store, have customer tools sharpened and repaired quickly right on site. Do you own a supermarket or natural foods store? Your customers can have their kitchen knives sharpened while they shop with you. Do you own a lumberyard? Handsaws, woodworking tools, carbide blades, planer knives, your customers need all of these sharpened! I can’t think of any business that wouldn’t benefit from having this sort of service available for their customers, quick and easy.

Drop me an email, or give me a call at 207-399-7108 and let’s see how I can give your Maine business a shot in the arm!

Give me a call and ask about our sharpening pickup and drop off service!

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!

Mobile Saw Shop News, upcoming event: Northeast Livestock Expo


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

It’s time for the first event of the season!

On May 18,19, and 20, 2012, I will be providing mobile sharpening services at the Northeast Livestock Expo. The Expo will take place at the Windsor Fair Grounds, Windsor, ME, and features beef cattle, sheep, boer goats, rabbits, equine, and alpaca.
For more information on the Expo and other fun things going on, such as antique tractor pulling, visit the Northeast Livestock Expo web site. If you’re at the Expo or in the area that weekend, stop by and say hi!

Because of the Friday scheduling conflict, I will NOT be at the Arundel Flea Market on Friday, May 18, as usual. Normal mobile sharpening service to Arundel with resume May 25!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

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 (Fridays)

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!

Mobile sharpening service: Do you want more traffic for your Maine business?


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Would you like to attract more people to your Maine business?

Do you run a hardware store, building supply business, farm supply business, restaurant supply business, or almost any other business at all?

I’m currently looking for one day a week or one day every two weeks parking locations across central, southern, and coastal Maine to bring the mobile sharpening service to! Let me attract more customer traffic to your location for no cost other than the use of a couple of parking spaces for a day!

I’m looking primarily for sites in town, on busy roads, in low speed zones (bonus points for a traffic light or stop sign intersection!), but I’ll consider almost any location!

What do I need to do this? Just two parking space lengths of clear ground! No power, no special facilities, the mobile rig is entirely self contained. I come to your location, open the door, serve customers, and drive away at the end of the day, it’s that simple and easy.

If you have a hardware store, have customer tools sharpened and repaired quickly right on site. Do you own a supermarket or natural foods store? Your customers can have their kitchen knives sharpened while they shop with you. Do you own a lumberyard? Handsaws, woodworking tools, carbide blades, planer knives, your customers need all of these sharpened! I can’t think of any business that wouldn’t benefit from having this sort of service available for their customers, quick and easy.

Drop me an email, or give me a call at 207-399-7108 and let’s see how I can give your Maine business a shot in the arm!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
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!

Mobile sharpening schedule, new stop: Farmington, ME


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

On Wednesday, 01/25/12, I’ll be at the Mt Blue Shopping Center on the Wilton Rd (Rt 4) in Farmington, ME with full mobile sharpening services and restored antique tool sales! This is the first test run of the service to the area and I expect, depending on sufficient demand, to make this a regular scheduled sharpening stop.

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
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!

Saw shop tech: crosscut saws, the good, the bad, the ugly.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

I occasionally wander around YouTube seeking videos of folks using old vintage tools like the ones I restore. Unfortunately, a lot of these videos are poster children for how NOT to use or maintain these tools. In this post, I’m going to share a couple of the latest hits and misses I’ve seen on crosscut saws.

This first video is a one man crosscut saw and definitely goes in the miss pile. The first problem is using a crosscut saw that is WAY too long for the wood being cut. For one man, a crosscut saw much longer than 42″ is a pain to handle. For the size of wood being cut, a 36″ crosscut saw would be plenty long enough and a lot more comfortable to handle.

The second mistake of this video is sawing way out on the toe of the saw. Restrict your use of the toe teeth to getting the saw started, then do your sawing as much toward the handle as possible where the blade is stronger and you’ll be much less likely to bend or break the saw.

The second video is a definite win and an example of something you rarely see being done. Since the log in this video is only supported on the ends, attempting to saw it from the top would only resulted in a pinched saw. The axe handle is used to provide support to hold the crosscut saw blade up against the under side of the log. The only problem with this one is one man sawing with a two man crosscut saw. Use a one man crosscut for this and you’re spot on!

Finally, there’s the ugly video. Don’t use Western style crosscut saw handles without the knuckle guards! The first couple of times you get your knuckles pulled into the log hard, you’ll wish you had them.

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
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!

Mobile sharpening service schedule: Cancellation, Topsham


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Effective immediately, I’m cancelling my Tuesday sharpening service runs top the Topsham / Brunswick area. After the 3rd week out of 4 with no activity, I’m left to conclude that there simply isn’t enough demand for the service to make it viable.

I will continue to pick up and drop off in the Topsham / Brunswick area during other runs, but there will be no on the spot sharpening or tool sales available.

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
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!

Mobile sharpening service update: Waterville, Farmington, holiday schedule


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

I’m expanding the coverage of the SwiftWater Edge Tool Works mobile saw, knife, and tool sharpening service! Starting Monday, 1/2/12, we will be at the Elm Plaza shopping center parking lot in Waterville, ME each Monday with full sharpening services and tool sales!

In observance of the coming holidays, I will not be making any runs on 12/26/11 (Christmas observed) or 12/30/11 (New Year’s observed, Arundel Flea Market). On these days, the mobile rig will be open for sharpening and vintage tool sales at our 298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME location. All other scheduled service runs between Christmas and New Year’s will go as scheduled and full normal service will resume after New Year’s!

If you’re in the Farmington, ME area, stay tuned for details on my upcoming test run to Farmington!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Rt 201 (former Champion Glass), Topsham, ME (Tuesdays)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
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!