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!

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Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 8 days!: Simonds handsaw


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Simonds No. 10 handsaw rip
Simonds No. 10 handsaw rip

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!

Simonds No.10 1901-1904 Rip 26″ 6tpi —

Rare “Star and Moon” etch, clear and bright. Cleaned, sharpened, handle refinished with our linseed oil finish and textured spar urethane clearcoat.

$100

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!

You Tube tool videos, the good, the bad, the really ugly: axe follies.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Yup, it’s that time again! I show you the YouTube videos of the tools of yesterday, which ones show you what to do, and which ones show you what NOT to do!

Where the heck do I start with this German lumberjacks (mis)using axes. First off, if you’re going to swing an axe like a girl, swing it like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sister, not Olive Oyl. Short little chops don’t do much except wear you out prematurely. Next, avoid tramping around in the direction the tree is aimed to go over. Do NOT cut the notch more than half way through the tree before making the back cut. Make the back cut a good bit higher than the notch to encourage the tree to go over toward the notch (the back cut on this tree was far too close to even with the notch, you risk the tree going over the wrong way). Finally, aim better, one of the most dangerous situations you can have is the tree being felled hanging up in another tree.

Here’s the next example of felling a tree with an axe WRONG. Cut the notch from one side of the tree and the back cut from the opposite side. Don’t chew the notch around the tree like a beaver. Start your notch in the direction the tree is already leaning (this one isn’t even close). Once again, stay the heck out of the path the tree is likely to fall. Get your dumb face and the camera away from the swinging axe head!

Finally, we’ve got one more example of axe mayhem. There’s a reason they call it a “splitting axe”! I’m not a fan of the modern splitting axes with the wide flared cheeks for splitting, but forget chopping with them! Not only would they take a LOT more effort and do a lousy job (a beaver wouldn’t even take credit for a stump like that), the flared cheeks make them dangerous to chop with since the flare can make the head glance off the wood instead of biting, with unpredictable results.

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!

Thoughts from the Saw Shop: vintage tools, modern tools, and “made in China”


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

So, there I was a week or so ago, wandering through the back room of one of my favorite second hand shops, one of my regular stops, listening for vintage tools to call out to me to be rescued. I was looking over a handsaw when my attention was caught by a man just a bit down from me, muttering over what I thought was quite a nice old shovel. Not that I restore shovels, mind you, but this one had a great early handle and a blade that looked hardly worn at all, as if it was just tucked in the corner 70 years ago and forgotten about. The man was muttering over the handle rivets being a bit loose and some light cracking in the shaft of the handle.

Being the dedicated old tool guy I am, I spoke up and noted that all he needed was a 3lb or so hammer and something solid to strike against (I use my anvil) to tighten the rivets. I also remarked that the shaft cracks were just the result of the wood being left unfinished for so long and a nice treatment of boiled linseed oil would make that wood last another 70-80 years at least. Away he went to the register with a great shovel and a little piece of history.

This incident got me to thinking. We’ve not only forgotten the skilled craftsmanship aspect to tools (ie sharpening crosscut saws) but we’ve forgotten even the basics of maintaining our tools and this is one thing that has driven the rise of the cheap modern junk mostly imported from China. Where the old timers would have taken 5 minutes with hammer and anvil and tightened those loose handle rivets, people today are ready to throw away or not buy a great quality tool over it. Handle finish wears or deteriorates and is left that way until the wood disintegrates rather than spend 15-20 minutes a year treating it with linseed oil. What a waste, and you wonder why we’re shipping all of our money over to China.

I’ve always figured that every one of my restored, quality, vintage tools that goes out means dozens of “made in China” junk that don’t get purchased, but even looking after a Chinese made tool can mean at least a dozen more that don’t get purchased. Just simply looking after what you have for tools is a force multiplier in the fight against the tide of cheap crap tools.

You don’t have to buy my top quality vintage “made in USA” restored tools (although I wish you would 🙂 ), just take care of what you have already and get the maximum life out of it. Stop and think about it the next time you throw away any tool that could be brought back to life. Stop feeding the Chinese trade monster by wasting your tools and we’ll all be better off for it.

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!

Announcing new sharpening pick up location and sales partner, B&G Treasures, Norridgewock ME.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works is pleased to announce our newest full service sharpening pick up and drop off location! B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock ME is now accepting drop off and providing pick up of customer orders of our sharpening services! B&G Treasures is open every Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.

We’re also pleased to announce that B&G Treasures is also carrying our restored vintage handsaws for sale. Disston, Atkins, Simonds, and other quality tools, made in the USA, re-made GREAT in Maine, you can’t get tools like these from WalMart!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

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!

Saw Shop Tech: What’s my old/vintage/antique tool worth?


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

I get this question all the time via the blog, the website, and in person on my sharpening stops. What’s an old crosscut saw worth? What’s a Bailey #3 plane worth? For you folks expecting to make a mint from your “barn fresh” tools, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets.

1. The prices on my finished hand saws, planes, and other vintage tools are NOT what your dirty, rusty, cruddy tool is worth. The cost of the raw unrestored tool itself is only a tiny fraction of the value of the restored tool. You may not get anyone to pay even $2-$3 for a rusty Disston hand saw but clean it properly, spiff the handle up, and sharpen it well and then you have something that’s worth something.

2. Your tool probably isn’t as collectible as you think. Unless your Stanley Bailey plane is a Type 1 or Type 2 in any size or a #1 size or you have an original Leonard Bailey (pre-Stanley) plane, you’re probably not going to be dining at a ritzy restaurant on the take from it. I know it has sentimental value and you think it looks good but I have yet to get any vintage tool in that didn’t require significant attention to bring it up to the level I expect it to be to put it on table.

3. I can’t even give you a ballpark number without seeing the tool. I don’t know how many crosscut saws (I’m always buying crosscut saws) have come to me described as great condition only to find the teeth sharpened down to nubs. I had a customer drive all the way down here from Bangor to sell me a 2 man crosscut saw only to find out that it had a nasty end to end twist in the blade. I can work that out of a 24″ saw blade, it’s near impossible on a 5′ saw blade.

4. It doesn’t matter how nice the blade looks, if a wooden saw handle is missing pieces, it’s kaput. I expect to replace axe handles, no handsaw I’ve seen yet was worth the time and effort to replace a seriously damaged or missing handle.

5. Since the restored tools I produce are intended to be used again, whatever your old/vintage/antique tool is has to be actually useful. The shelves loaded with different profiles of the old wooden molding planes are undeniably cool but they were such a pain in the backside to use that there’s pretty close to zero demand for them.

I’m not trying to get anyone to sell me a $1600 Stanley #1 plane for $10. I know what I can do for an end result from almost any tool, what that end result will sell for, and how much effort and expertise it takes on my part to get it to that point. What’s left over is the value of the raw tool itself. If you want me to give you an offer on an old tool, that’s the formula it has to meet to work.

That said, I’m almost always looking to purchase vintage tools in “raw” condition. A few hand saws out of a shop to a pile of crosscut saws and axes out of a barn, it doesn’t matter what kind of a tool it is, one or one hundred, let me know what you’ve got!

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!