Discover the 50 knot+ Vesta SailRocket!
Tarawa, A Proa for One – Gary Dierking
Replicating a 1908 Morris Lateen Sail – Todd Bradshaw
Recreating a Classic Rushton – John Floutier
For many, Gary Dierking’s name is synonymous with Pacific outrigger canoes. We have tried–on and off–for some time to have Gary join us in Canoe Sailing, and now Skinny Hull, magazine. He was kind enough to allow us to bring his material to our sailing audience. Our copious thanks to Gary!
Read Gary’s article in the current issue of Skinny Hull!
A different style of saw and sawing that is finding a home in many shops
Ed Maurer with Allan Little
(See the full story in Vol 1, Number 5 of Skinny Hull. ) Anyone who has used a handsaw extensively has often thought there has to be a better way to make a good cut without having to backslide to using power tools. It’s often the case where an electric saw won’t do the job but none of the hand saws we have in the job won’t either. For years now I’ve been using pull saws, often called a “Japanese pull saw” due to their origin, and have enjoyed the attributes of their design.
For those of you not familiar with the pull saw, very simply, it’s a saw whose teeth are in the reverse of a saw that cuts on the push stroke. There are some real benefits to this design, not the least of which is a thinner kerf since the blade doesn’t have to be thick enough to keep from bending on the push stroke. Many saws of this type are also double-edged, having two different sets of teeth, often one for ripping and the other for cross-cutting.
I have found a hundred uses for the pull saw and two that come to me first are for flush-cutting plugs and cutting bamboo. It’s also great for evening out joints and cutting upwards, which while it may not happen often, you just can’t do with a Western-type “push” saw.