Hi, my name is Joe, and I’m powerless over hand tools. The first step is to admit you have a problem, right?
When I got home from work yesterday, guess what was waiting for me? Interestingly, it was accompanied by a flat stare from my wife.
Wait, I can explain. I ordered this months ago, in fact it was technically last year. That has to be outside of the statue of limitations for tool purchases…right?
It’s no secret that Mark at Bad Axe files a mean tooth, and not surprisingly there is a considerable wait list for his wares. I put a deposit on one of his tenon saws and have been waiting for my turn to come up on his schedule. I’d say “waiting patiently”, but that would be a stretch. Deferred gratification isn’t my strong suit, and just typing those two words makes me uncomfortable,
I opened up the package this morning and was very pleased with my new saw. This is his standard tenon saw, with black nickel back, niter blued split nuts and a mesquite handle. It’s beautiful, it starts easily and cuts smooth and true.
After unpacking the saw and making exactly one cut I put my overnight bag in the car, picked my son up from school and drove 7 hours up to Eureka, CA for the annual “May Day” event at Blue Ox Mill. They will have woodworking, blacksmithing and other crafts demonstrated, and they have a collection of human powered machines on display. I’m looking forward to a fun weekend, but I can’t wait to get back to put my new saw to work.