Crosscut saw sharpening

Nadine fettling at Sawfest 2018


Learn to fettle a "Great American" or "peg tooth" saw of 3 feet and longer.

If you have a new saw (perhaps from Flinn Garlick, or Wilhelm Putsch) and wish to improve its performance, or have an old one you'd like to restore, this is the course for you.

If you already have a rusted crosscut saw, do bring it. It may well be recoverable even if rusted. Alternatively choose one of my £60 vintage saws: de-rusted and ready-to-file.

Decide before the day starts if you want to learn all the steps on your saw even if you don't complete every tooth - or if you just want to go home with a completely fettled, ready-to-use saw. That's because it takes time to clean a rusted junker saw and completely refurbish it. Sending me pictures of your saw(s) will help plan the day and work out what is do-able.

What will I learn?

How to clean, level, tension, joint, set, file and then cut logs with a long saw.
How to select the right file - and to try a variety
How to make a saw vise - from the end of a log or the edge of a table!
How to make a sawbuck or sawhorse and how to use it.

Who is this for?

• spooncarvers, pole-lathe turners and all greenwoodworkers
• Anyone who burns logs: if you come across scavenged logs too long to get in your stove, you can cut them without PPE and only the birds will hear you ☺
• those who have a chainsaw but find donning PPE tiresome

Who is this not for?
If you have a raker-toothed saw, this is not for you. Whilst they are lovely saws, they need skill, knowledge & care to maintain. But with a plain-tooth pattern you can easily pick up the essentials in 6 hours ( or less!)

If you don't know what type your saw is, google "great american tooth crosscut saw" or "raker toothed saw" and you'll soon know. Or compare your saw with the gallery on these pages.

Why come to Gavin?
I like saws and am passionate about craft education:
• I organised the first ever Sawfest in the UK in 2018 and have thought a lot about saw-education
• I created the pre-Bodgers Ball courses and ran these 2016, 2017, 2018
• I organised Dolly Chapman's UK tour in 2017

I write this in Jun 2020. Pandemic and Scottish Govt rules mean I cannot run the course - just yet. However, if you wish to do remote learning contact me & we can make a plan to support you at tiny cost.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Use of all tools: saw vises, sawbucks, logs to practice on


Gavin Phillips at ShedTherapy


5 Port Street
Dumfries & Galloway

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Live online course
dylan mcguirk - - #31788

Highly recommend!!
Very informative workshop and well worth the price. Gavin is a great teacher and explains things nice and simply. I learned a lot.
Thanks Gavin.

Response from ShedTherapy:

Yep - it is quite do-able to learn saw filing remotely. And it's fun for me too☺

Live online course
Jan Milz - - #30490

Gavin is an excellent and passionate teacher who really knows what he is talking about.

Under his practical guidance, I was able to set & sharpen my blunt saw within a few hours.

Besides that, I gained a lot of new knowledge about wood & tools.

It was absolutely practical to take the course online, connecting one workshop to another via video.

Response from ShedTherapy:

I am delighted to have hit the mark ☺!

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