For nearly everything we do, we rely on essential tools to help us get things done. Whether something as simple as broom and dust pan for tidying up, an iron for pressing out wrinkles or in the case of woodworking: a good saw, ax, mallet, chisel and try square. Even when the form changes from it’s earliest type, the usefulness of these tools remains even across cultures and times become fixtures in our lives.
The cherry-handled wooden back saw is an example of such a tool. It has been hand-crafted with all sorts of personal flourish of the woodworkers past who along with what they made from assorted timbers, often made their own tools to help them through their days work. The handles would have beautiful scrolls not unlike a treble clef on a sheet of music. How important it was to make not only a well-functioning tool, but one that showed the love and beauty one has for ones art.
It is this authenticity I wanted even while making these “toys” for the youngest of woodworkers and apprentices, something that feels genuine in the hand and has the weight of tool that is made to do its work. This happens naturally when something is made with truthful materials, in traditional time honored ways and with a beauty the artisan can only look back at with love all that pat in making a most essential, though common place tool.