When you walk in the front door of Roy Underhill’s
... and look to your left in
the window hanging above Roy’s stuffed chicken is a large
frame saw. Now the chicken is an interesting object and
makes one wonder why someone would have a chicken stuffed,
and furthermore why it is at a woodworking school (I should
have quizzed Roy; I guess the deeper more important
questions will have to wait until later).
I did ask about the saw though.
Roy bought it from a tool collector some years back and
believes it to be of continental European origin. He also
said this one was intended to be a rip saw for general use,
not for sawing veneer.
The saw is not a decoration
piece but sees regular use at the school. The cross pieces
at either end are made from oak, the long stretchers are
made of a very light in weight mystery wood we could not
The hardware is blacksmith made
and blade or web is 38in long by 1 1/2in tall and .030in
thick. Originally it was sharpened with 2 tpi (teeth per
inch) rip teeth but at some point had been re-filed to 4