Saturday, April 24, 2010

Building Handsaws with Mike Wenzloff

Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Mike Wenzloff is teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking this weekend. Five students are customizing Mike's exquisite handsaws to their own hands. They've been working in either American Black Walnut or Swiss Pear to make the handles.

The class has been a delightful romp through the materials, history and techniques of making handsaws. I dropped in a few times during the day and caught tantalizing snippets about  Disston, Kenyan and other makers.

You can catch a sense of what it is like to be in class room from the slideshow. Tomorrow (Sunday) they'll be plunging into the challenges of filing the teeth on the saws. There's some real trepidation there. In the afternoon they'll be learning the theory of sawing and practicing with their new saws.


  1. This was one of the best classes I have attended on woodworking. The information exchanged from Mike to the class was incredible, I learned much more then I had expected to. I am not even sure I took all of it in or got all the notes I wanted. I am so glad Mike took the time out of his busy schedule or work and family and gave it to use for the weekend. The facility and class were first class. I can not say enough about it. Thanks again Mike and PT School staff for putting it on. My wife also thanks you as she saw how much fun I was having.

  2. What a great class! Many thanks to Mike and the PT School an amazing facility in one of the most beautiful places to visit. I now know just how much craftsmanship and labor go into building a Wenzloff saw. I'm still settling into the work week, but can't wait to put my saw to the test this weekend. I'm already planning my next saw(s).