Mike Wenzloff is teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking this weekend. Five students are customizing Mike's exquisite handsaws to their own hands. They've been working in either American Black Walnut or Swiss Pear to make the handles.
The class has been a delightful romp through the materials, history and techniques of making handsaws. I dropped in a few times during the day and caught tantalizing snippets about Disston, Kenyan and other makers.
You can catch a sense of what it is like to be in class room from the slideshow. Tomorrow (Sunday) they'll be plunging into the challenges of filing the teeth on the saws. There's some real trepidation there. In the afternoon they'll be learning the theory of sawing and practicing with their new saws.