Class: Make a Dovetail Saw + Tenon Saw with Tom Calisto (2 Days)

$320.00

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CLASS LENGTH: 2 Days

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Renowned tool maker Tom Calisto will guide you through making a historical custom dovetail saw and tenon saw in Joshua Farnsworth’s “Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School” in Earlysville, Virginia. See below for class details.

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Description

In this two day class you will make your own custom, open-toat, 18th century dovetail saw, and tenon saw! Using fine wood for the handles, a brass back, brass nuts, and spring steel for the saw plate, you’ll have finer saws than can be purchased in any store. Master tool maker, Tom Calisto, will work closely with you through the process of shaping the handle, fitting the saw plate to the brass back & handle, boring holes for brass nuts, punching the teeth with his retoother, and finally shaping and sharpening the saw to perfection.

Class Syllabus:

DAY 1:

  • Clean up handle blank and mark for the plate and back
  • Cut slot and mortise for the plate and back
  • Bore stepped holes through handle for the traditional flush saw nut
  • Begin shaping handle to suit students hand for a custom fit

DAY 2:

  • Tooth the saw plate using a vintage Foley Belsaw retoother
  • Set and Sharpen saw plate
  • Punch saw plate for saw nuts
  • Prepare and install brass back
  • Assemble saw and tune as necessary
  • Polish/finish metal and wood components

About the Instructor:

Tom Calisto woodworking teacher at the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Tom Calisto is an expert hand tool maker and engineer, with specialty in making historical hand saws. He has been featured on the the PBS TV show “The Woodwright’s Shop“. He also teaches woodworking classes at Roy Underhill’s “Woodwright’s School” and is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine and Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Materials Fee:

A class material fee of $45 covers the dovetail saw making kit, and is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class. Most students make a second saw (either a tenon saw, or a carcass saw, for example) within the two days, so any additional saw materials can be purchased from the instructor during the class. Tenon saw kits are $60.

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.

Photos from a Recent Class:

A woodworking student humorously pondering the next step of shaping his hand saw handle with a rasp at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Students making dovetail saws at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A woodworking student using a tenon saw to cut a kerf in a new dovetail saw handle aw at Tom Calisto's dovetail saw making class at the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Tom Calisto instructing students on how to sharpen a hand saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

An older boat builder building a dovetail saw at Tom Calisto's class at the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A JMU college student admiring his finished dovetail saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A father and son displaying the dovetail saws they just made at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A woodworking student cutting saw teeth on his new back saw on a foley retoother at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A woodworking student tightening backsaw nuts on a new dovetail saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A student reviewing a chalkborad with instructions on sharpening his new dovetail saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A student sharpening his new dovetail saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A student sharpening his new dovetail saw at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A lovely custom 18th century dovetail saw made by a student at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

A group of woodworking student displaying their newly finished dovetail saws at Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

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