Got Wood?

HH03Let me start off by saying thank you to everyone who stopped by my bench at the Hearne Hardwoods open house. This was my second year going and I tried to be a little better prepared and brought tools to sell as well as a kit for those of you with questions about filing.

Being my second year I had a better idea what to bring and how to set up. I also expanded my time and went both Friday and Saturday after talking with Mario and Allen of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop who felt Friday was the busier day.

HH02Getting there on Friday prior to the opening also allowed me to set up and walk around a little. For those of you outside the area or just haven’t had the time to visit Hearne, driving up it looks like most lumber yards with a large pole building but after a short walk around and side said building you quickly realize the amount and selection of flitch & log sets they have.

HH01For those of you that did stop by and talk, a few of us talked about a hardware store saw for “Chandler & Barber” that I was filing as time permitted. At the time I hadn’t had time to look into the hardware store.  As it turned out, Chandler & Barber was one of the largest and well know hardware stores in the Boston area.

HH05Hardware was their back-bone, but like Sear and Woolworths, they branched out over the years. Owners Alexander Chandler, editor of Hardware Record Magazine , and D. Fletcher Barber owned and operated the hardware company located at 122-124 Summer Street in Boston during the mid-1800’s through the 1920s. The manufacturing of these saws would have been contracted by one of the larger saw manufacturers and looking the saw over I would say Disston or C.E. Jennings.

HH04Before signing off, I also want to thank the many of you that have sent me saws for sharpening.

Saws, for the time being, have become a large part of my income and I appreciate the new and repeat business. For those of you who follow me in ebay, you will have noticed I’ve switched over most of my saws to buy it now. I’ve done this for a few reasons, the main one being it’s just the fairest way to do business for both me and the future owner. No shill bidding for buyers to worry about and I can get a fair price for the work done. Plus for those who feel the price is high I’m always willing to take offers. For those of you looking for the best deal I normally sell the same saws on my personal site at a slightly lower then ebay price. I do this as my site saves me the MANY ebay fees and I pass it on.

Rest assured I’ll always keep a few saws on auctions for the diehards.

Till next time,


Joe FedericiA fool for fall!

4 thoughts on “Got Wood?

  1. Hi Joe,
    For us Northern (Maine)Wood lovers this was a big commute, but wow, What a cool place! I could get into a lot of trouble there.
    Regarding the boston hardware store thing… I have a Disston back saw from that store. It has all the Disston markings, but the etch is the store’s. I’ll show it to you next next time I see you.

    Great job on the blog, I am sure you have many fans.
    Happy Fall!

  2. Joe,
    Great blog…thank you. I recently picked up a hardware store saw that looks very similar to the one in the pictures above. in fact, the handles look identical. Mine is from “Barber and Ross”, which was a major hardware store and mill works in Washington DC, started in about 1876, They had a very large store on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.

    I am new to old handsaws, so I posted a picture of my saw on asking for identification help. The posting, pictures and response are under my user name Jimmeltsner in the saw identification forum. I am no expert, but a reply came back from Ray indicating the saw looked like an Atkins 53. Which it does, other than the medallion is located on the second other than the third, nut. I see nothing in the Disston line that as closely resembles this saw. Do you think the saw could be Atkins? I appreciate your thoughts.



    • Hey Jim,
      Sorry for the long wait on the reply. I checked out the pictures and would agree with the idea that it’s not a Disston. I say that not just because the shape of the handle but also looking at the medallion. It’s for sure not the type Disston used. Atkins or Richardson would both be good places to start. You’re best bet is to try and track down some info on the Hardware store. Both Richardson and Atkins made a good deal of secondary saws. I’ve found most produced these saws from the same template. Congrats on the find. Joe

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