Every once and a while I see a hand tool that I need. Need is a strong word for a woodworker to be using because we don't 'need' an awful lot in order to woodwork. I mean, I just published a book on that very concept didn't I? I like to keep my bandsaw set-up with a 1/2", 3 TPI blade for ripping, resawing and some joinery. This blade will handle gentle curves but I needed something that would handle the more extreme. I don't like breaking down my bandsaw set-up to change blade sizes so a turning saw for the occasional curve seemed like a good idea
A turning saw is something that I didn't own but have wanted for a long time and when I met Daniel Lambrecht from Golden Leaf Tool & Woodworks I knew that I found my saw. I met Dan on a recent trip for work to Peyton Colorado - a small town with some big things going on (more on that later). Dan is an Air Force pilot with more than just the talent for flying. Dan makes some pretty incredible saws. I tried and used some beautiful back saws but it was the turning saw that he had that caught my eye. Not only was it beautiful to look at, it had some cool features that I really liked and the craftsmanship was outstanding. I put my order in the day after I saw it.
The first thing that caught my eye was the contrasting use of walnut and maple. Next to black cherry these two are my favorite woods, especially when you blend them together in the same project.
Now take a close look at the grain orientation on the arms. Dan has angled it slightly to greatly reduce the amount of run out on the delicate ends. You always hear (or experience for yourself) stories of arms snapping under the tension these saws get put under.
...and speaking of tension, how can you not love the toggle Dan uses? I understand that a simple tab of wood will do the trick but this is a more elegant solution. The tenon on the end locks into the matching mortise and keeps everything in check.
Combine all this with beautiful details like quarter-sawn maple, mortise and tenon joinery that have curved shoulders and delicate, hand-formed, copper blade retention pins and you have a stunning tool that works every bit as well as it looks.
My plan was always to build my own turning saw. Had I done that, I would have ended up with a tool that appealed to Krenov's sensibilities - functional but a bit rough on the edges. Every time I look at the saw that Dan crafted I can't help but smile. It makes me happy that I procrastinated as long as I did on making my own.
In order to understand, you must do. - V