Bad Axe Tool Works Saws Coming to Classic Hand Tools

BA_MEDBad Axe Tool Works makes saws as they would have appeared fresh out of a 19th Century American sawmaker’s shop. Why Bad Axe? Well the answer is quite simple….. Bad Axe is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan where the saws are made.

10″ Dovetail Saw

(will be here in time for christmas)


“You’ll love the balance and the way it cuts with the hammer-set thin-plate toothline. Moreover, you’re in the drivers seat in determining how the look of the saw conforms with your personal aesthetic.” 

There are 5 handle sizes for this saw – X-Small, Small, Regular, Large & X-Large. With Brass slotted nuts “Bad Axe Tool Works” medallion inserted into handle.

The Hang Angle gives you complete control – Comfortable highly-figured 19th-century patterned hickory handle with the kind of hang angle that gets you behind the push stroke instead of riding awkwardly on top of it. The Bad Axe regular handle is based on a hand size range from 3 5/8″ to 3 7/8″ (approx 88 – 94mm). The weight & mass of the carbon steel back provides just the right heft & balance for starting & maintaining a straight cut-line without forcing the cut.

The .018″ gauge plate with its hammer-set toothline slices through wood like a new razor, leaving behind an exceptionally clean, thin kerf. The .018″ gauge is able to cut effectively up to 1 1/4″ (32mm) stock while still dealing with thin stock just fine. Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel, RC50-52.

The Pitch on these dovetail saws is 15ppi (points per inch) and that hits that sweet spot where action meets heft, balance and smoothness of cut.

If you are interested in placing an order, head over to our website to see more details.

Limited stock will be available from December 18 2015 in time for Christmas. If you pre-order this saw with other items, we will hold your order and ship together.

We will be stocking more Bad Axe Tool Works Saws in 2016 – if you have any specific requirements please e-mail us and we can add this to our next order.





This what the maker says:

“Why a 12″ dovetail saw? Because you’ve never tried a 12″ dedicated dovetail saw before. Have you? You’re going to love the way a longer toothline in a lighter, yet longer saw makes for a far more accurate cut with fewer chances of dithering off course?”

So it is 2″ longer which may be for you. In all other respects (handle size, PPI, gauge etc) it has the same specification as the 10″ dovetail saw.

Prices include VAT

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Build a Campaign Chair with Christopher Schwarz

Finally arrived in the UK,
……just in time for Christmas 2016!

Build a portable chair that will be passed down as a family heirloom with Christopher Schwarz. Designed in the 19th Century, this chair collapses to a small bundle (like the inexpensive football chair in your boot) but it is both durable and beautiful enough to fit in with your living room furniture. You’ll learn:

  • Basic turning techniques – the simple steps to create the legs for chair
  • Simple, modern hardware options for this 19th-century project
  • How to select and work leather (even if you are new to it) using tools familiar to any woodworker
  • How to add buckles and rivets to bring all the pieces together
  • And more!

Read more from Lost Art Press


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How to: Sharpen your Woodcarving Gouges

In this video Gerald Adams shows us how to sharpen a woodcarving gouge using traditional oil stones. Gerald runs local wood carving courses and is a member of Masters Carvers Association.

In need of some inspiration over christmas?

Gerald demonstrates useful carving techniques through one of the projects he uses in his Beginner carving class, “The Scallop Shell”.


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Pine Feroda

Pine Feroda is the collective name used by five artists working together in the South West of England to make large scale, dramatic woodblock prints. Pine was formed in November 2013 as a four day experimental workshop in the making of collaborative prints. The stimulus and energy of this collaboration has resulted in the creation of a new identity – Pine Feroda.

“Our ‘first phase’ has been to make a body of work with stylistic and technical coherence. To this end we have made, so far, five large prints inspired by the extraordinary coast of North Devon. This film captures a part of the process, which has resulted in the sixth print ‘Morning Light’. We are now working towards a major exhibition (to be announced in due course) in May 2016.”

“All creative decisions are taken collectively, and this requires a great deal of coordination, discussion time and tact. The benefit of this way of working is that, with five artists collaboratively engaged, a tremendous creative energy is unleashed and things get done fast.”

Pine Feroda video by Artisan Media

Artisan Media are a small independent production company based in North Wales, UK, specialising in films about craft.

They also produce and publish DVDs & Books on various crafts including woodworking and quilting, which we stock at Classic Hand Tools.

Making Woodblock Prints by Meryln Chesterman & Rod Nelson

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Veritas Mitre Plane with PM-V11 Blade


Inspired by antique Scottish mitre planes, this plane offers a comfortable grip whether you use it on its side or upright. When shooting, the side-mounted horn lets you push the plane with the web of your thumb while holding it tight to the workpiece with your fingers, leaving your other hand free to hold the workpiece. The shooting horn can be attached on either side of the plane for right- or left-handed use. When using it upright, deep finger grooves in the sides and the front knob provide a secure grip while the rear knob provides a comfortable palm rest for driving the plane forward. Both the knobs and the shooting horn are made of torrefied maple.

The body is fully stress-relieved, ductile cast iron, with both sides machined flat and square to the sole. Its mass and size are advantages for shooting and creating mitres for larger work such as moldings. Weighing almost 5 lb, it has a heft that provides good inertia. Its 10-1/2″ long and 2-5/8″ wide sole, with a toe fully one third the length, gives it solid registration even when used at an angle for a skewed cut, such as on a mitre jack.

By loosening the front knob, the plane’s adjustable mouth can be set to a fine opening; a brass thumbscrew retains mouth settings and prevents the toe from contacting the blade.

A bevel-up plane, it has a low 12° bed angle and 25° blade bevel that give it a combined cutting angle of 37° for clean end-grain cuts. The 2″ wide, 3/16″ thick lapped blade is available in PM-V11® tool steel. The Norris-style adjuster extends under the rear knob to allow easy adjustment while staying out of the way. Two blade guide screws prevent lateral blade shifting.

Chuck Bender, Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine,
shows you some of the features he likes most about this new plane in his video below.

Made in Canada
Price: £263.96 (Including VAT at 20%)

Click here to Buy

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The Angel Roofs of East Anglia: Unseen Masterpieces of the Middle Ages

With an eye to our local woodworking heritage, we were delighted at the publication of Michael Rimmer’s breathtaking photographs of the amazing angel roofs – 70% of the national total –  which grace around 100 Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire churches.


The roofs, often of hammerbeam construction, huge in scale and over 600 years old, are eloquent testimony to the skills of medieval framers in laying out, transporting and assembling the colossal timbers which still span the church interiors. The angel carvings, outstretched across the rafters or gazing out from the beam ends, mercifully out of reach of 16th and 17th century image-breakers, are revealed in Michael’s photographs in astonishing detail, some still carrying traces of the brilliant colours in which they were finished. And there are often other complementary types of ornamentation on the roof timbers themselves, offering us rare evidence of the superb skills and sophistication of the medieval craftsmen who created them.

Michael’s work is available on his website, , and also in his new book, from which these pictures are taken. While the variations in framing methods can often be studied from ground level, the carvings are frequently half-hidden in shadow, their features – often highly individual, and of the highest technical quality – remote from the eye and easily passed over. We can now see details which will have been visible to few people in the centuries since the carvings’ creation – the elaborate suits of feathers worn by many of the angels, the items they carry, the cascading locks of their hair, their facial expressions as they watch us, and the years, pass below them.

The book also contains information on the roofs’ builders and carvers, some of whose names are still known, and on the likely links between Hugh Herland, who built the first angel roof at Westminster Hall in 1395, and the Norfolk and Suffolk merchants and businessmen who commissioned these splendid creations. Some undoubtedly did so to celebrate their worldly success or buy a smoother passage in the afterlife; but we particularly liked the words of John Baret, who died in 1467 leaving money for the fabulous roof of St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds, “for a remembrance of me and my friends”. A result, then.

The Angel Roofs of East Anglia , published by The Lutterworth Press, offers inspiration not just for framers, green oak enthusiasts and carvers, but for woodworkers in general. Enjoy it, then come and see the roofs for yourself – and drop in on us while you’re at it!

Written by David Thornton

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Christmas Crackers!

ccexplodesmlTis’ the season to be jolly!
We have lots of wonderful gift ideas for your loved ones this christmas…

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Christmas Cracker Surprises
All gifts starting from £250

– Lie-Nielsen No.4 Bronze Smoothing Plane

– Lie-Nielsen No.5½ Jack Plane + Lie-Nielsen No.60½ Block Plane 

– Lie-Nielsen No.7 Jointer 

– Clifton Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane 

– Pfeil 25 Piece Carving Set 

– The Burnmaster Eagle Set (2 pens & 10 tips with bag) 

– Vouchers of your choice

Head over to our website to find more christmas surprises


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We are now open 6 days a week!

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Christmas Showroom Opening Times

We are now open 6 days a week until Christmas.
Step out of the cold, warm up with a mince pie & a cuppa
whilst browsing our wonderful hand tools.

Saturday Showroom Openings:
5th/12th/19th Dec 10-2pm.
We look forward to seeing you!

Normal Opening Hours
Monday – Friday

Thursday 24 December – Monday 28 December
Friday 1 January 2016

Tuesday 29 December -Wednesday 30 December / 10-4pm
Thursday 31 December / 9am-12noon

Back to normal on Monday 4 January 2016
Open 9-5

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Crimbo Crackers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We have lots of Christmas Gift ideas to offer you & these gifts are all under £100,
grab yourself a bargain, all our products are available online via our website

IMG_6618 (1)       162 minutes with David Charlesworth!
In this DVD, Charlesworth shows the
making & fitting of a first class,
English Arts & Craft’s drawer.

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We’re feeling festive here at CHT, with our fairy lights glistening & our Lost Art Press books dressed in tinsel. Already starting to look ahead for the New Year with our Lie Nielsen Calendar! All products are online via our website–50.html


Lost Art Press Books make the perfect
christmas gift for a loved one.


Gränsfors Bruk Axes 
In our Christmas Cracker range we stock:
Hand Hatchet 413
Wildlife Hatchet 415
Small Forest Axe 420


Blue Spruce Marking Knives
A Blue Spruce marking knife will become an indispensable
& treasured addition to your tool cabinet.
Perfect gift for somebody this christmas.


Flexcut / Auriou 
Flexcut Chip Carving Set includes
KN11 Skew Knife,
KN15 Chip Carving Knife,
KN20 Mini-Chip Carving Knife
Flexcut Gold Sharpening Compound.

Auriou Cabinet Maker’s Rasp – 9″ Grain 10g
These are the basic rasps for shaping work.
They are relatively wide in proportion to their length
giving you considerable cutting power.
You will get surprisingly smooth finishes to your work.


Elemen’tary No1 & No2 Gift Set
This is the much sought-after combined Gift Set
including both Number 1 and Number 2 Elementary Screwdrivers
in a most attractive boxed set.

IMG_6604Pfeil Arkansas Stone in Wooden Box
+ free Pfeil Honing Oil

All these presents inc 20% VAT & are all available via our website
where you have the option to browse many more presents with even more bargains.

Merry Christmas from CHT Team

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Saburr Tooth Rotary Carving Tools – Review by Simon Clements

Simon Clements trained as a potter and came to carving via boatbuilding. He took a 2-year sabbatical at City and Guilds of London Art School to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Ornamental Woodcarving where he won the William Wheeler prize for the most outstanding carving of the year. He is currently a self-employed woodcarver, sculptor and private tutor. He considers himself a ‘maker’ rather than a theorist and over the years Simon has used a great variety of materials to create art works.

“I have always seen rotary cutting tools such as Arbortech and the like as invaluable tools for removing the waste wood on a carving and allowing the carver to get into the interesting bits quicker, though of course as you become adept at using these tools you naturally end up doing more detailed work with them. However, rotary tools had always seemed like a rather blunt instrument when compared to a carver’s gouge.”


“So when I was asked to try out some of the Saburr Tooth rotary bits I began by making comparisons between the Saburr Tooth disk cutters and the Arbortech Turboplane fitted to a 4 inch angle grinder and cutting into Oak and Cedar of Lebanon. Both tools cut away huge amounts of material in a controllable manner leaving clean, shallow cuts rather like a 40mm number 2 or 3 gouge. The Turboplane produced “scalloped” cuts with small shavings in both materials and the Saburr Tooth disk created small, bead-like crumbs and a scratched surface texture. I kept my face mask on in any case but the large particle size does make clearing up easier.”


“I progressed to Saburr Tooth’s mini industrial cutting disk with a mini Arbortech attachment for the same 4 inch angle grinder. These angle grinder attachments are no longer available; consequently if you want to use any of the Arbortech or Saburr Tooth mini cutters you will need to buy the complete machine from the manufacturers. This, in my experience, is a good tool until you start using the machine for longer cutting sessions, when the motor housing/handle becomes rather hot. The Saburr Tooth disk sliced effortlessly as did the Arbortech, with the Saburr Tooth disk cutting marginally deeper and with a smaller kerf. Note that on the photographs my Arbortech attachment no longer has the standard plastic blade guard; the upright edge of the guard needs to be removed in order to use the current Saburr Tooth disk cutters.”


“As well as slotting with these cutters I use them to “draw” into the surface. Both tools do this admirably; using the cutters with a sideways motion I can model both internal and external curves. The Saburr Tooth disk cutter proved to be excellent for this, allowing for a more controlled sideways cut and the multiple cutting teeth created a more uniform surface with a reduced risk of the tool skipping.

I have a Foredom flexible drive unit on loan from Classic Hand Tools to try out the Saburr Tooth range of shanked rotary cutters. I asked for the Foredom on the recommendation of some fellow carvers who regard the machine as the best available.”

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“These machines are new ground for me, and due to the scale of my carved pieces I have not used the very small rotary bits, instead concentrating on the ¼ inch shank tools. The photographs show the bits used and how they shape different profiles. Saburr Tooth bits are colour-coded, the yellow bits being medium cutters. The wood for these sculptures is old (pre WW2) reclaimed Oak and very hard, but the tools cut the timber easily and smoothly, leaving a fine, grinding pattern across the grain, and on the end grain they leave no marks at all. The Foredom performed very well, working at higher speeds to remove large surfaces and lightly on internal edges and curves. When applied with greater pressure the tooth marks also create a very interesting textured surface which is easy to direct and control.”

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“I have been so impressed with the Saburr Tooth rotary carving bits that I am inspired to create a new group of sculptures using just these bits for all the surface modelling. They are much easier to use than mallets and gouges on hard wood like this and because of their speed, size and flexibility they allow the carver to work in a fast and intuitive way, and direct carving into the material like this is almost akin to drawing.

I have too much B.S.T. (blood, sweat, and tears) invested in my chisels and gouges to ever give them up, especially for softer woods such as Lime, but the Foredom flexible drive unit and Saburr Tooth rotary carving bits are now definitely an integral part of my working tool kit.”

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Simon Clements carving with Saburrtooth tools at 2015 European…Here’s woodcarver Simon Clements carving with a Saburrtooth burr at our booth at the European Woodworking Show this weekend:

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