At last the festive season is behind me and I managed to get back to the bench today. 

I was given a new saw for Christmas, one of the "Knew Concepts" saws which is completely rigid. Although it is a bit fiddly to get blades into, it is an amazing tool: from the second I started to cut with it, I knew that I would not be going back to my old, springy iron frame. Because the frame is rigid the blade rarely catches in the way that we are used to with traditional frames.

 

My "Knew" Saw

 

I was thinking about this and wondered if this is the first major change to the jeweller's piercing saw since the middle-ages!

 

 

Piercing With My "Knew" Saw

http://www.knewconcepts.com/

 


 

"Cold Genius" is back on the bench again. I've done a load of work on the box section of the piece and today completed the major construction work on it:

 

 

Cold Genius (WIP) 36

 

I'll post more photographs tomorrow.

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Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 14, 2011 at 2:08pm

Oops! No, I meant July 2011.

Comment by Lora Hart on January 14, 2011 at 1:51pm
Next year? Do you mean July 2012?
Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 14, 2011 at 12:44pm

Sophia: See here for details! The pattern on this was cut with an 8/0 sawblade in 1.2mm silver using the 5" saw.

 

Rebecca: all of mine came from Tamizan. I never thought to point her in this direction. Can non-members view these pages on Crafthaus?

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 14, 2011 at 9:55am
I think Tamizan is distributing them in the UK, I'm sure she would love to hear your comments! I'm seeing her in a few weeks, I'll get her to bring them along. I think you're right the middle one! 5" would be best... look I'm nearly there, maybe should just see, at least then I can get anyone in my area to have a go if they are wandering about it too!
Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on January 14, 2011 at 2:34am
The new saw really looks interesting and tempting. How does it behave though when the piercing that needs to be done is very delicate and there are a lot of corners to be turned in a small scale pattern?
Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 13, 2011 at 4:22pm

I have had my iron saw for 27 years and it was a little bit sad when I put it in the cupboard!

I would definitely suggest going for the 5" but the 8" is lighter than even my 3" iron saw, though probably not so good on tiny things. It is pretty sturdy, but I've not really had it for long enough to know.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 13, 2011 at 4:14pm
not convinced yet, but am drooling over them a bit, I have had my saw for twenty years, do you think I would have this one as long, if not longer, would I leave my old one behind, just to be framed and hung on my wall? Oh the dilemma! Think I would get a deep one though, if its as sturdy as they say, why not!
Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 11, 2011 at 2:08pm
Emily, I will be teaching in the Studio at the Society for Contemporary Crafts from 10th - 15th July next year. It would be lovely to meet with any of my online colleagues who wish to do so, especially as I'll be staying in the city until the 22nd as a holiday and to explore the area, especially the derelict industrial sites which I have noticed around the place.
Comment by Emily Watson on January 11, 2011 at 1:33pm

I've been tempted by these lately, too... good to hear more feedback about them!

I'm so close to Pittsburgh these days Dauvit and have family there, so please do keep me posted as to when/where you'll be teaching... would love to see your face in person!

Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 8, 2011 at 4:52am

Brigitte, since you told me that you are in Pittsburgh and since I discovered that Sharon Massey actually works where I will be holding my classes, I am very, very excited too! I've loved Sharon's work since I saw it in a book a few years ago and one of her pieces graces my small collection of work by other jewellers.

I am looking forward to meeting some of the other people - such as Stevie and yourself - whom I also hold in high esteem. 

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