Sawfest, Sheffield July 2018 Sawfest, Sheffield July 2018 Sawfest, Sheffield July 2018

A new three-day festival, Sawfest, based at the Bamford Quaker Community on July 27-29, will celebrate everything to do with traditional hand saws at the birthplace of the industry.

Organiser Gavin Phillips claims the event is a first and promises  ``three days of saw joy’’ for woodworking and traditional tool enthusiasts.
``All human-powered saws of any length are welcome - especially the rusty, the bent and the blunt, because they are cheap and teach you a lot.’’

Among the highlights is a small, limited-capacity workshop on Friday at the Atkinson-Walker saw factory on saw-straightening and tensioning, led by a sawsmith  apprenticed to Spear & Jackson in 1974. Also on Friday, your cross-pein or straight-pein hammers can be ground into the right oval pattern to straighten and tension saws. Bring a junker saw to learn about taper-grinding and smithing.

At Bamford Quaker Community large-saw users can try welding or brazing a new tooth onto a broken one, fell trees, or try the mole-grip underbucker - which supports an upside-down saw below a horizontal log and allows you to cut upwards.

Small-saw users can compare dovetail results, or speed and accuracy of rip- and cross-cuts. They’ll be particularly interested in Lui Rocca’s fly-press.

On Sunday there is a guided tour to see and handle Simon Barley’s hundreds of saws and tools at Ken Hawley Tool Collection at the Kelham Island Museum

Other events include tenon-saw maker Slava Rode from Greyhound Toolworks in Surrey, who will teach wooden handle-making and small-saw tooth filing and setting.

Barbara Czoch, a traditional timber frame carpenter from Portsmouth, and Joe Thompson, carpenter in residence from the Weald and Downland Living Museum, will  cover pitsaw use and maintenance.

Gavin Phillips, who also curates the Bodgers’ Ball green woodwork courses, will show you how to get your saws gleaming with methods including molasses, electrolysis or various hand-powered abrasives in rustless water.

Details and prices:

Bamford Quaker Community is 14 miles from Sheffield, set in 11 acres of wooded grounds. Book & pay for a room direct with them, or you can camp at no charge. Bamford Rail Station is 11 minutes’ walk. Full board available Sat & Sun for only £26.

Friday 27 July, 1pm-Sunday 29 July, 2pm:
Bamford Quaker Community, Water Ln, Hope Valley S33 0DA
Cost £80 per person

Friday 27 July, 9am-12 noon:
Atkinson Walker Saw Factory, 1 Cotton Mill Row, Sheffield S3 8RU
Saw-smithing workshop limited to 4 people from 9am-10.30am and 4 people from 10.30am-12 noon
Cost £20 (pre-booking necessary)

Friday 27 July, 9am-1pm:
Brian Alcock at Beehive Works, Milton St, Sheffield S3 7WH
Cost £5

Sunday 29 July, 2.30pm-4.30pm:
View and handle Simon Barley’s hundreds of saws and tools at Ken Hawley Tool Collection at the Kelham Island Museum (Alma St, Sheffield S3 8RY
Cost £6 for Museum Admission, saw-tour free.

For more details see the Sawfest website