The Jobber of Fine Handsaws

Hearne Hardwoods open house I hope everyone had a really great and productive summer.  In the northeast it’s been a bit of a wet one, so for my friends in the boating world it’s been a good one for sure.

Early in the summer I was in New Hampshire for a repeat trip to see a good friend and fellow seller. Dean’s place as always is a treasure trove of cool and unusual saws. Recently I’ve been on a Joseph Flint kick after first picking up a well loved example in upstate New York last year.

J.FlintWhat first struck me was the medallion in the handle was reversed; something I guess as a left handed sawyer I just naturally noted. Now I should point out, this being a well-used example, it’s quite possibly something a previous owner did; regardless, I filed it away under “that’s cool”. Since then I’ve been on the hunt, and although I’ve bought a few other examples including a Shurly Dietrich which he was involved in, none have had a reversed saw screw medallion.

Clapp&TreatBut I digress; so to get back on point… While at Dean’s I picked up another J. Flint and a really cool hardware store saw made for Clapp & Treat Hardware and later Outfitters. More will come on that, as I just finished cleaning it up and will try to post a picture.

For those of you in the Philadelphia area, Hearne Hardwoods is having an open house again this year. The dates are Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. This year I’ll be there both days, so please stop by and say, “Hi.” Like last year I’ll have my workmate and vise and will be happy to answer any questions. Last year I had a lot of fun meeting local craftsmen and talking shop.

Critical PastMy friend Mark of Foley Filer and past post emailed me a great link to some vintage black and white films taken of the Disston plate. The quality is quite good and it’s cool to see how some of the plates were toothed and the handles were carved and shaped. You can buy them for as little as $4.00; Mark reports they view quite well even with the watermarks.  The site is Critical Past and if this link doesn’t work just search Disston and you should get 5 clips.

In other news I’ve recently moved the shop back to South Jersey and doing my best to change over any paperwork or websites to my new mailing address. My email and such remain the same, but if you’re interested in getting a saw sharpened or worked on, my new mailing address is:

SECOND CHANCE SAW WORKS
P.O. Box 446
Moorestown NJ 08057

In addition my turn-around should be a little quicker as I’m a fulltime saw mechanic, while seeking local employment, happily now back in the Philly area. Life is full of change and I’m looking forward to new opportunities. In looking over some older advertisements from the mid-1800’s I found references to a “Jobber”, which I rather liked and felt fit me as I currently meet both definitions.

Joe Federici
Jobber of Fine Handsaws