About 18 months ago Mark Harrell (of Bad Axe Tool Works) and I started discussing the specification for a speciality lutherie saw for delicate cross cut work and fret slotting duties. My 12” Bad Axe carcase saw is already a firm favourite for furniture grade cross cuts and so the prospect of a thin plated 10” saw for some of the most critical cuts in guitar building, sprinkled with the Bad Axe fairy dust, was very exciting.
Last summer we welcomed good friend, fellow Anarchist’s Tool Chest survivor, and luthier, Susan Chillcott to the conversation, and the specification for the Bad Axe lutherie saw started to firm up. Mark has now published photos of the initial prototype, and I should be in receipt of the actual saw in the next couple of weeks. What will follow is rigorous testing and feedback before the specification is finalised, and I cannot wait to welcome the prototype to my workshop. Working on this saw has been a wonderful experience – Mark is truly a master of his craft and has been able to translate comments and ideas from Sue and myself into a working specification, guiding us past design rabbit holes and focusing with laser-like precision on what is really important.
I can honestly say working with Mark and Sue on this project has been a once in a lifetime experience, and the Bad Axe luthier’s saw promises to be the antidote to the cheap, disposable, fret slotting saws currently littering the market. Stay tuned for more!