Two of them (5 & 6 counting from left to right) date back to the 1930’s and were handed down to me a few years ago.
The second saw from the left was one that I bought out my pocket money while still at school. It is still in daily use.
Number 4 and the tenon saw on the far right been around almost as long. They have weathered two Atlantic crossings, made repairs after numerous storms at sea and three hurricanes on land.
Saws 3 and 7 date from the 1970’s and were bought to ease the work load of some of the older members of my crew - although the old timers are still going strong.
Most recent, is the tenon saw on the left that I ordered from Spear & Jackson just before leaving
. It was reputed to be the finest in their range. But when it arrived, my heart sank. Its clumsy handle was that of a log saw rather than that of a saw intended for the most delicate and precise work. When I questioned this, the makers told me that EU regulations stipulate that the users of all saws must wear work gloves! The handle you see in the picture is one that I made – to fit the bare palm of my hand. England
Most saws made today are throwaway things. So as you might guess, I’m keeping a tight hold my mine…we still have a lot to work to do.