My name is Matt and I am addicted to hand saws.
I love everything about them... the soft curves of
an antique beech tote, the whip of a well tempered
spring steel blade, the buzzing of freshly sharpened
teeth zipping through wood... this is the stuff of
The first time I sharpened and used a vintage hand
saw was in 2002. It was a turn of the century
Disston #68 dovetail saw... and I fell in love.
Since then, I've always incorporated hand saws into
my woodworking, but mostly for joinery tasks.
Then, after a stint as a commission based part-time
professional cabinet maker, in the summer of 2010 I
decided to sell my table saw and dedicate myself to
mastering every aspect of hand sawing, from
restoring and sharpening, to ripping rough lumber
and fine dovetailing.
To chronicle my tale, I started
The Saw Blog... a site dedicated to my
affections for hand saws and hand sawing.
Since that time I've sharpened countless saws old
and new, ripped endless boards, and cut many joints.
Along the way, I've made a bit of a name for myself
thanks to the help of some notable wood celebrities
like Chris Schwarz, Mark Harrell and our own Wiktor
Now, I've started a business, The SawWright, where I
offer complete sharpening and restoration services
to hand saws old and new. Much of my work
comes from Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Toolworks, who
refers many of his customers to my shop.
Nowadays, when I'm not tuning up vintage saws from
the golden age of American hand tool manufacturing
(from my growing back log of work), I still find
time to write on the blog and make furniture of my
own in my now purely hand tool only shop.
So, I invite you to stop by
The Saw Blog
and share in my journey to bring hand saws back to
their once dominant place in the woodshop.
Visit my blog:
The Saw Blog