traditional german carpenters saw or bowsaw

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Project by holzmike posted 02-27-2009 01:25 AM 10798 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

..this are typical german carpenters saws or bow saws, which I build as a gifts from ash. There is a tradition here that after a carpenter finishes his journeymans certificate, he is going on the “walz” for 3years and one day. He is travelling around, is only allowed to walk and works only for a place to sleep and something to eat. He carrys very little with him and most often they have a saw like this, one or two chisels and a ruler.
This saw just easily disasembles. You just take of the cord, roll the blade, put all in the cloth sheet, poke the middle stick in it to carry it over your shoulder and that’s it. you can put various kind of blades in it. I know some people using a chinese pull blade to cut dovetailes with this saw.

-- Michael, Germany

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 01:31 AM

The tool is a s interesting as the tradition.

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 03:09 AM

Many years ago I met one of these men on his “walz” in New Zealand but I wasn,t into woodworking then, wish I could meet him now.Interesting blade, where do you find them.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 02-27-2009 04:50 PM

Nice saw it would be good for cutting dovetails.

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#4 posted 02-27-2009 04:55 PM

thats a tradition that must be older than the hills! No one in Deutschland works for food and sheleter even illegal imigrants get better treatment than some of our workers following the motto let’s all head for Germany. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 02-27-2009 05:35 PM

...not every carpenter is going on the walz, but those that do, have to stick to the rules. It is a free option. The tradition indeed goes way back, but for the reasons you mentioned, it is not so common nowadays to go on the walz…

to the blade: you can buy those here in every “home depot” -like shop. It is a standard Stanley Blade. It cut’s nice in green wood as well as in dried lumber, but no fine cuts. The tooth geometry is called “wulf-tooth”. I can look on the carton an post the item number if you’re interested.

-- Michael, Germany

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 04:42 AM

Beautiful frame saw! I love ash wood, it’s so nice, easy to work with, great when finishing it. I have my eye in one of this frame saws, but the part I am trying to underestand are the brass pins that catch the blade and connect with the handles….There is just one guy in all United States that sale Ulmia-E.C.E. replacement blades and the prices are quite hight, also Woodcraft stores are not longer carring the frame saw and blades from Wilhelm Putsch Grmany.

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 05:44 AM

Your saw is beautiful.

I would like to make a bow saw for a 26.5” (675 mm) blade. Highland Woodworking sells the blades but I can’t find plans for a larger saw. Found several plans for a twelve inch (305mm) but not sure how to scale it up.

Thanks for your help.


-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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