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274472 Don Schwartz <dks@t...> 2021‑08‑31 Re: Saws/pros/etc [was: Re: No saw painting here]
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On 2021-08-31 6:44 a.m., Brian Ward wrote:
> Regarding Foleys and other saw filing machines: This is definitely true in
North America, but the articles I was originally referencing are English in
origin. I don't know how much we need to rehash it, but there's a historical
refrain that automation was of prime importance in the US/Canada because skilled
labor was in such short supply.
> I don't know how common saw filing machines were over in England (and the UK
in general), but I sure can't seem to find any online listings for any, and all
of the big-name manufacturers (at least that I know about) were American. Now,
I'm only speculating here, but knowing how the general woodworking trade
progressed in both places, it might not be a stretch to suspect that saw
sharpening by hand might have been common in England at the time that the
articles were written.
> Perhaps someone over on the other side of the Atlantic can provide some actual
> Anyways, I guess I should give my not-too-valuable take on the Foleys. They
are super neat to see in action. Was it Kirk's that I've seen? I don't know how
much I trust one to sharpen a saw, but again, that is speculation without actual
experience. (I'd need to run experiments, which is unlikely to happen unless
someone around here has one and an abundance of time and patience.)
> Aside: For a somewhat related and perhaps amusing take on bandsaw sharpening,
here is a July 1909 article from "The Wood-Worker" (not to be confused with "The
Woodworker;" read a little and you'll see why):
> https://books.google.com/books?id=GSNaAAAAYAAJ&hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=RA4-PA31&lpg=RA

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