Sawlapalooza v.2!!! Learn. Make. Have fun!

(And then we'll ship your stuff home.)

Reserve your saw vise and workbench!

We're now sold out, but shoot us an email at if you'd like to get on our wait list!

$2950--includes lodgings, lunch every day, and the saws, saw till, and other supplies listed on the left.

Make the $500 Down payment by clicking below, which reserves your vise and workbench; we will invoice you for the remaining $2450 four weeks before the seminar.

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Available seats: 18 14 12 10

Please note that your down payment for Sawlapalooza 2022 is non-refundable, and that the remaining balance due of $2450 must be paid when Bad Axe invoices you NLT 30 June 2021.

If unexpected work or personal commitments prevent you from attending Sawlapalooza, we will gladly transfer your down payment to another Bad Axe seminar, product or service.

International Customers, please note an additional shipping surcharge may apply.

Spend five days with Mark Harrell and Derek Jones, and you'll have something to show for it, because this is what we will freight back to your home after course closure:

  • Bad Axe panel saw of choice
  • Bad Axe backsaw of choice
  • Bad Axe bench hook set
  • Four training sawplates for sharpening
  • Training file set
  • Derek Jones's Sawtill Design
  • Includes shipping all of the above back to home address (surcharge applies to international students)

    *NOTE: this is a COVID-safe training environment; proof of full vaccination with booster and masks in full effect to protect our employees and fellow students.

  • This intensive, hands-on course
    results in two awesome saws you build on-site under Mark's oversight. Add a Bad Axe bench hook set and Derek's excellent saw till design to the equation, and the package is complete-- freighting it all back to your home is inclusive with the price.

    And don't think this is an event without entertainment value. Whether you bring your significant other along or not, plan on a party, and know that we have great things planned for after hours. We have a suite of hotel rooms at the nearby Barker's Island Resort reserved at a discounted rate for Sawlapalooza II attendees, so you won't have to deal with the hassle. We also have something to do for the Tuesday and Thursday nights you're with us, whether it's a dining at Canal Park's historic Grandma's Saloon and Grilll, or partaking of Duluth/Superior's finer dining and imbibing venues, such as Vikre Distillery or shopping at the world-famous Duluth Pack.

    Trust Derek and I on this--you won't be bored. You'll simply need to dredge up the energy to undero the rigor that real-world saw sharpening and maintenance Bad Axe will demand of you, particularly when coupled with the unplugged woodworking mastery only a guru like Derek Jones can bestow. So--work hard . . . and play hard.

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  • Operational Concept

  • Training Schedule

  • Mark's Training in Detail

  • Derek's Training in Detail

  • Derek Jone's Bio

  • Tools to Bring

  • Cost Analysis

  • Flight Info

  • Lodging (at a discounted rate)

  • Downtown eateries

  • Where to have fun

    Operational Concept:

    Students arrive at Barker's Island Resort on, 24 July for a 1700 mixer, and comence training the following day at 8:30 AM. Student body divides into two groups. While one group trains with Mark, the other group trains with Derek. Groups switch out after noontime catered lunch on-site. Bad Axe will have a van service shuttling students back and forth between hotel and workshop for those without rental car. Training continues through Friday at 3:00 PM, and depart for home either Friday night or at their leisure. Bad Axe freights all saws, plates, , tills & other items to the student's home address. Back to QuickLinks.

    Training Schedule

    openDoor.jpgSunday, 24 July - 5:00 PM until close:

    Reception at the Barker's Island Resort conference room. Grip & grin with cocktails. Get to know one another, and who knows--there might even be an impromptu pub crawl in Canal Park involved for the hardy and the brave.

    Mon, 25 July:

  • 7:45: Shuttle departs Barker's Island Resort for those without rental car.

  • 8:00: Orientation and coffee at the Bad Axe Workshop, 69 North 28th St. E Suite #30; phone 715-586-0233. Just key our address into Mapquest, and you'll locate us for those who intend to use rental car. Bad Axe will provide a shuttle to leave the Barker's Island--it leaves at 0745 sharp.

  • Training with Mark: Saw selection, disassembly/reassembly, maintenance and filing theory.

  • Training with Derek: Introduction to saw till design. tf

  • 11:45-12:15: Lunch. Don't go anywhere. Barker's Island cater's a daily lunch. Groups switch. Applies each day.

  • 4:00-4:30: Day One review and release to hotel.

    Tue, 26 July:

  • 7:45: Shuttle departs Barker's Island for those without rental car.
  • 0800: Showtime, coffee & donuts.
  • Training with Mark (AM/PM): Sawfiling theory and practical application on a 9 ppi plate. Tooth Geometry. Visualizing. Body English. Stroking the file.
  • Training with Derek (AM/PM): Saw Till Build. Joinery Techniques.
  • 4:00-4:30: Day Two review, and release to hotel.
  • 6:00-10:00: Dinner at Grandma's Saloon and Grill, followed by a Canal Park pub crawl.

    Wednesday, 27 July:

  • 7:45: Shuttle departs Barker's Island for those without rental car.
  • 8:00: Showtime.
  • Training with Mark: Filing 8 ppi on a handsaw plate.
  • Training with Derek: Saw till joinery.
  • 4:00-4:30: Day Three review, & release to hotel.

    Thursday, 28 July:

  • 7:45: Shuttle departs Radisson for those without rental car.
  • 8:00: Showtime.
  • Training with Mark: Bad Axe saw build.
  • Training with Derek: Complete saw till build. Introduction to French Polish techniques.
  • 4:00-4:30: Day Four review, and release to hotel.
  • 6:00-10:00: Cocktails, dinner at Barker's Island Resort & live music out on the town.

    Friday, 29 July:

  • 7:45: Shuttle departs Radisson for those without rental car.
  • 0800: Showtime.
  • Training with Mark: Advanced sawfiling techniques; complete Bad Axe saw build.
  • Training with Derek: Complete saw till build and French Polish.
  • 3:00 - 3:30: End of course review, and release.

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    Bad Axe Terminal Learning Objectives For the Week

    Hand and Back Saws for cutting wood in general:
  • Anatomy and use of hand saws, panel saws and back saws.
  • Advantages of Western saws over Japanese pull saws.
  • How to evaluate a vintage saw as to whether it is a potential user or a wall hanger.
  • How to date a saw (
  • How to buy saws without throwing your money away.

    Tools of the Trade:
  • Operate a saw toother on new plates, when and when not to re-tooth a saw plate.
  • Shape teeth on a saw filer.
  • Understand the advantage of hammer sets over plier sets.
  • Hammer-set a toothline.
  • Mount a saw plate in a saw vise for jointing and repositioning it for filing.
  • Use a simple array of tools to completely disassemble a backsaw (including removing the back), & reassemble.
  • Clean and sharpen spring steel with mill bastard files and taper files.
  • Saw Accessories: bench hooks and saw benches.

    Terms of Reference and Tooth Geometry
  • Types of Cut: Rip, X-Cut & Hybrid .
  • Nomenclature: heel, toe, spine, toothline, sawback, etch, open/closed handles.
  • Dot your teeth with a sharpie.
  • How to look at the toothline without going bug-eyed.
  • Take your visual cue from the tooth leaning away from you.
  • Filing facets to keep your rake.
  • Angles Schmangles. Go with high noon for rip, one o’clock for hybrid, and two o’clock for x-cut. Flip, and then go with high noon for rip, eleven o'clock for hybrid, and 10 o'clock for x-cut..
  • Warm up on a crappy sawplate first.
  • How to file using proper body english (don’t be timid, hesitant, or lacking in self-worth).
  • Filing pattern: brush, grind, brush.

  • Backsaw maintenance and pre-sharpening overview
  • Tooth a saw plate.
  • Set teeth with a 1870’s vintage hammer set.
  • Joint the tooth line.
  • Shape the teeth.
  • Hand-file the teeth overview (and how to look at them without going bug-eyed).
  • How and when to stone the toothline.
  • Why and how to flex the sawplate to determine whether a saw issalvageable or not.
  • Hammer-smith a kinked and/or bowed sawplate (demonstration).
  • Disassemble a backsaw in its entirety.
  • How to mount the back of a traditional backsaw.
  • How to mount the handle.
  • Fastener removal, cleaning & repair.
  • Sawplate cleaning methods.
  • Retension a vintage backsaw (practical exercise).
  • DIY Horn Repair (discussion).
  • Build a dynamite saw shipping box.

    Sharpening and more sharpening
  • Safety considerations (use your dust mask and goggles, always).
  • Learn all about taper files and how to size them appropriate to pitch..
  • How to Walk Like an Egyptian. Remember the Bangles?
  • How to use sight, touch, and light reflection to dial in a toothline.
  • How to hold and push the file with good tips on body english and how to avoid common mistakes..
  • How to stone the toothline.
  • Practice, practice,practice, with 1-on-1 assistance..
  • Build your own Bad Axe, with complete access to all handles, plates, backs and fasteners. Don't worry--we'll help you get it dialed in with a custom fit and look, as if we were the one's building it for you.

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  • Derek Jones's Terminal Learning Objectives for the Week (under development)

    Saw Till Build
  • Construction Theory
  • Practical Application
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Derek's Bio: Derek Jones began his career restoring period furniture at the age of 15 in a small antique shop in Brighton, England. After running his own shop for several years he studied 3D Design at college before opening a small workshop to produce bespoke furniture for domestic and corporate clients in and around London. He’s built custom furniture and joinery for banks, boardrooms, boats and recording studios throughout Europe and the Unites States. When the chance came, some twenty years later, to try something new he took up the role as Editor at Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. With more than 250 articles to his name and three books on the subject of woodworking, and a fourth on the way, he now enjoys passing on the tips and techniques he’s learned over the years through teaching. ‘The biggest thrill for me now is not in the making but instead helping other people acquire techniques for creating things by hand. And the simpler the method the better’. Most of his commercial making these days is geared towards the production of hand tools, marking gauges in particular, which are available from his website

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    Cost Analysis:

    $2,950 is a lot to lay out for a course, but if you'll do the math, you'll find that you're getting close to a $3,700 value to learn from the makers and have actual product to show for it at the end of the week--not to mention getting your lodgings covered with daily lunch to boot! Here's a snapshot of what the product is worth, inclusive with the tuition.

    What you're getting for $2950
    Bad Axe Saws $700
    Bad Axe Bench Hook $75
    FourTraining SawPlates $80.00
    Sawtill $700
    Shipping $100.00
    Daily Lunch $50
    Instruction x 2 $2000
    Lodgings (5 nights) $750
    Retail   $3705

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    Recommended tools to bring:

    Nothing beats having your own favorite tool to have on-site when working wood. It's up to you exactly what and how much to bring--but you will wind up what Derek recommends with the list below. If you don't have everything, chances are it will be here at the Bad Axe workshop. Just bring what you can.

    Preferred measuring tapes, square, rules & other joinery layout items
  • Pencil
  • 12 to 24" metal rule
  • 8 to 12" engineers/combination square
  • Scribing knife
  • Marking gauge
  • Sliding bevel gauge

    Dimensioning Tools
  • Jointing and/or Jack plane
  • Smoothing and block planes

    Joinery/Shaping Tools
  • Set of chisels
  • Mallet/hammer
  • Rip/cross cut backsaw
  • Bow and/or fret saw
  • Rasps and/or files
  • Drill bits
  • Brace and/or egg beater style drill

    "How the heck do I get to Superior, Wisconsin--and is it worth the trip?"

    BadAxeCty.jpg Getting here:
  • Fly into Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport, a major hub for Delta Airlines. From there, either get a rental car and make the 2.5 hour north to Duluth, or take a connecting regional flight to Duluth Regional Airport and get your rental car there. Be sure to plan this well in advance--the Duluth/Superior twin ports area is a popular tourist destination.

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    Recommended Place to Stay:
  • While there are a lot of great places to stay here in the twin ports cities of Duluth and Superior, We have rooms blocked at the Barker's Island Resort right on Lake Superior only 1.5 miles from the shop. Contact the Hotel at 608-784-6680, and let them know you are with Bad Axe and attending the Sawlapalooza event.

  • In order to qualify for the Group Room Rate, attendees must make their reservations by the Reservation Due Date (30 days prior to arrival), and attendees must ask for the Bad Axe Tool Works rate when making their reservation. Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of this reservation.

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    Where to Eat: There are some seriously great places to eat here in La Crosse, and below you'll find the short list of some of our favorite culinary haunts downtown. All establishments listed below are within an easy five-minute walk from the Radisson.

  • Lake Avenue Cafe
  • Sarah's Table
  • Vikre Distillery

  • Grandma's Saloon & Grill
  • The Boat Club
  • Canal Park Brewing Company
  • Duluth Pack
  • Fitgers Inn and Shopping Mall

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    All Bad Axe Tool Works Saws are highly customizable, and Feature the Following:

    • Highly-figured 19th-century patterned hickory handles, also available in cherry and walnut.
    • Three handle sizes available: Small, Regular & Large.
    • Flush-face slotted sawbolts/nuts in brass or carbon steel finished in optional black-oxide or niter-blue with 13/16" deep-dish decorative medallion.
    • Traditional Folded Carbon Steel sawback.
    • Standard black-oxided or optional titanium-nitrided (TiN)-plated finish on saw backs.
    • Premium-grade Swedish Spring Steel Sawplates, RC50-52.
    • Traditional hammer-set toothline, sharpened to joint.
    • Bad Axe saw re-sharpening rate $15 nominal fee.
    • Lifetime guarantee against all material defects.

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