The below listed URLs link to highly useful information on the internet regarding saw technique, history, maintenance and sharpening. I recommend them highly for anyone who wants to learn the craft their grandfathers knew.

This is Pete Taran's web site. Pete is arguably the Godfather responsible for returning vintage western saws to the forefront of the American fine woodworking ethic, when he and Patrick Leach developed, manufactured and marketed the Independence Tool Company Dovetail Saw in the mid-90's. Pete's robust web site is replete with information regarding how to sharpen your own saws, historical information on western saws (primarily Disston), and he also sells saws and saw sharpening files. An incredibly useful web presence invaluable for reference and purchases.

The Disstonian Institute

The most complete reference for Disston saws on the net. Want to know how old your saw is by dating the medallion? Want to know the fascinating history behind Henry Disston—the Bill Gates of his day (in the mid-1800's)? This is the definitive 'go-to' site for all things Disston.

Chris Schwarz, editor, WoodWorking and Popular WoodWorking magazines (and blog)

Chris Schwarz is an outstanding writer and editor of the two best woodworking magazines I read. He has a tremendous blog site associated with WoodWorking magazine chock full of useful information, with an an entire section devoted to Western saws. Be sure to read his excellent article posted on this blog, 'Understanding Western Backsaws,' a definitive review of how western saws work, their history, and why they have staged a remarkable comeback in light of the Japanese pull saw success in recent years.

While you're visiting Chris's blog, enter the word 'Roubo' into its search engine, and you'll capture all the articles associated with the kind of workbench I built in 2006 that I reflect on this web site as well.

Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking

Mike Siemsen's School of WoodWorking, located in Chicago, Minnesota, offers quality fine-woodworking training addressing the needs of any student, ranging from the neophyte to the expert. An outstanding craftsman and instructor, Mike's curriculum assures a low student-instructor ratio with a maximum class size of 9 people, so students spend quality time under his tutelage. Mike's shop is located on a quiet rural setting in Minnesota, just 35 miles North of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Tom Fidgen's The Unplugged Woodshop

Craftsman Tom Fidgen builds custom furniture and accessories using fine hand selected hardwoods. Drawing inspiration from early Shaker design as well as the joinery of Japanese craftsmen, Tom shows a modern subtleness to his interpretation on classic design. Tom's blog is replete with excellent graphics that review tools, showcases his work, and conveys a truly elegant approach to custom and traditional design.

Bench Crafted

If you happen to be one of the hapless husbands associated with the 'Wives Against Chris Schwarz Club' (WACSC), then don't show your significant other this web site, because in it, you'll certainly lust after the coolest accessory for your Roubo workbench I've seen come along since Chris first wrote about constructing the Roubo in the Fall 2005 Issue of WoodWorking magazine. This vise from rocks. I wish I could speak from the authority of owning one, but I'm still saving up the scratch to buy it. A truly robust tool, and Jameel at BenchCrafted has posted a fantastic video on his site that shows it in action. Highly Recommended! (and don't tell SWMBO you read this 'useful link' info from TechnoPrimitives—let Chris get all the hate mail...)

The Norse Woodsmith

Leif Hanson runs an incredibly useful web site with outstanding procedurals amplified by professional-level graphics that underscore the 'how to' factor for woodworking in general, and how to rehabilitate old tools in particular. I have found his site an incredibly reliable source of information when I find myself butting my head up against the wall. Leif regularly updates his popular blog, and you will do well to bookmark this page in your favorites folder.

Bob Smalser

Guys like esteemed Galoot Bob Smalser have probably forgotten more about saw sharpening and sawplate repair than most of us will ever learn. These are the best articles I've found on the internet regarding how to repair bent handsaw blades, and how to file your saw to most appropriately cut the kind wood you work the most. I refer to these articles constantly.

Daddy Has a Saw Problem...

Yes, purchasing saws is just as bad as an eBay addiction. The narcotic of acquiring a bright blade with a readable etch and intact horns is a slippery slope that SWMBO (galoot for 'She Who Must Be Obeyed') will notice, comment on, and disapprove of. Esteemed Galoot Tom Price wrote this piece in 1999, and it makes me laugh every time I read it. Because I'm there, brother, I'm there...Check it out at:

Old Tool Heaven (Millers Falls History)

This encyclopedic web site offers a wealth of information about Millers Falls Tools

The Superior Works

Patrick Leach's 'Blood and Gore' web site is the most definitive compilation of information I have encountered online regarding Stanley tools. He covers the definitive history over each plane type over Stanley's considerable history. Patrick also sells high quality vintage tools.

The Best Things

Expert antiquer Lee Richmond's site, The Best Things, offers a replete inventory of exactly that—The Best Things you can find in the world of vintage tools. Lee appears on PBS's Antique Road Show, where his considerable expertise enables people to find out exactly what Granddad's old Stanley 45 is really worth. Among tools of all makes and manufacture, Lee also lists a very comprehensive inventory of fine saws for the discriminating purchaser.