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A Once In A Lifetime Restoration…

As you may have realised by now, Shane is very taken with and inspired by the great saw maker that was John Kenyon! Therefore, how privileged did he feel recently when he was asked to restore an extremely rare Kenyon 18th century dovetail saw. Okay, maybe a little nerve racking to some, but Shane, is completely confident in his abilities and therefore is never really daunted about taking on any job. Belonging to a collector (who also now collects our saws) this late eighteenth century saw is the same pattern as the one in the Seaton Chest, and therefore possibly crafted by the same hands? It is particularly interesting because it is stamped ‘Spring’ and ‘London’ which signifies its superior grade of steel, putting this above the competition of that time. (Kenyon’s best grade) The saw came to us without teeth ¬†and after a lengthy discussion with Simon Barley,historian and author of ‘British Saws & Saw Makers from c1660′ and the owner we decided that it would be great to put it back into fully working order again. Shane, believes that he is the first person in over 200 years to have dismantled this saw and knows this because the ends of the nuts and bolts have original rasp scores, which are perfectly flush with one another. This causes a burr to form over the end of the thread which would ¬†never have been there had these been removed. Furthermore the saw was still tight. On dismantling this 9 1/16″ dovetail, Shane found a marking underneath the handle on the brass reading ‘XX2′ (Coincidentally, the same place that we individually number all of our saws) One wonders if this was indeed ‘Kenyon’s numbering system and it would be interesting to know if others were like this. However, as the only other saw of this type recorded is the one in the Seaton Chest of which has never been dismantled, I guess we will never know. What a commission and such an honour to work on such fine historical tools.

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