Mobile Sharpening Announcement: New weekly pick up and drop off areas added!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

Greetings everyone!

We’re adding new weekly pick up and drop off service areas in southern Maine! Saturday mornings, we will now be picking up and dropping off on request in the towns of Alfred, Lyman, Sanford, and Springvale ME. Just drop us a line and we’ll come to you!

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!

Reminder! Notes from the Saw Shop: 2012 Christmas Schedule


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

Greetings everyone!

Well, it’s that time of year again! Please take note of our scheduling deadlines for the Christmas season!

12/9, 12/16, 12/23 I will be making extra mobile sharpening and tool sales appearances at the Skowhegan (ME) Tractor Supply.

12/19/12 Cutoff date for special tool restoration requests for Christmas.

12/22/12 Cutoff date for sharpening to be completed before Christmas.

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 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!

Reminder! Notes from the Saw Shop: 2012 Christmas Schedule


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

Greetings everyone!

Well, it’s that time of year again! Please take note of our scheduling deadlines for the Christmas season!

12/9, 12/16, 12/23 I will be making extra mobile sharpening and tool sales appearances at the Skowhegan (ME) Tractor Supply.

12/19/12 Cutoff date for special tool restoration requests for Christmas.

12/22/12 Cutoff date for sharpening to be completed before Christmas.

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!

Notes from the Saw Shop: 2012 Christmas Schedule


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

Greetings everyone!

Well, it’s that time of year again! Please take note of our scheduling deadlines for the Christmas season!

12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23 I will be making extra mobile sharpening and tool sales appearances at the Skowhegan (ME) Tractor Supply.

12/19/12 Cutoff date for special tool restoration requests for Christmas.

12/22/12 Cutoff date for sharpening to be completed before Christmas.

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!

Questions and Answers: welding a cordwood saw, Disston vs Simonds vs Atkins saws, and more!


SwiftWater Edge Tool Works logoVern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

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

1. (question about welding a broken tooth on a cordwood saw (aka buzz saw) )

Do NOT even contemplate doing this. Even assuming you could do this, make it
structurally sound, and rebalance the saw blade, there’s no chance that the
heat involved in welding wouldn’t warp the saw plate. This means anything from
excessive vibration to failure to cut straight to complete structural failure
of the blade.

2. (question about which is better, Disston, Simonds, or Atkins)

It wasn’t specified but I’m going to assume this question refers to handsaws.
All three were major players in the handsaw market and I don’t think there’s
any way to make a statement that one is better. I will note that there are far
more Disston labeled saws around than Atkins or Simonds labeled ones. The
reason for this is that Atkins put out a much higher percentage of their saws
as OEM saws, marked for their customer (hardware chains, etc) and Simonds only
made handsaws for 25 years. I really havn’t found a whole lot of difference
in them overall.

3. (question about a one man felling saw)

To the best of my knowledge, no saw manufacturer ever made a one man felling saw.
One man saws are always bucking crosscut saws.

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 (Saturdays)

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, announcement: storm postponement, Arundel Flea Market, 11/9/12


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Due to the winter storm currently in progress and the likelihood of icey roads overnight, I’m postponing my scheduled sharpening stop at the Arundel Flea Market from 11/8/12 to 11/9/12. Normal schedule will resume next week!

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 (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!