If you can take apart an old vintage Bailey No. 5 jack plane (who hasn’t?), then you can certainly break down, clean, maintain and sharpen, and retension a traditional backsaw. Whether you bring Grandpa’s family heirloom or your latest flea-market find to the class, Mark shows you how to breathe new life into your saw that will see at least another century’s service, using common sense cleaning and maintenance techniques. This is followed by straightforward sharpening practices using what Mark terms ‘the clock-method’ of sharpening, rather than getting hung up on arcane geometric angles. By the end of the course, you will know how to keep a fresh edge on your old saw, simply by demystifying what too many hand tool enthusiasts view as a complicated black art. This seminar is about 20% theory, and 80% practical application, so come ready to get to work!