Out of the Woodwork: Benjam Seaton’s Saws

One man’s career choice in the 18th century drives a 21st-century woodworker into a saw obsession.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 88

From the August 2007 issue #163
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Englishman Benjamin Seaton is famous in woodworking circles today because he never took hammer in hand to follow his father into the cabinetmaking profession.

Because he never built furniture for a living, thousands of hand-tool enthusiasts have a clearer picture of how to do it themselves.

And because he never much used a handsaw or chisel, I now have a set of late 18th-century-style saws hanging above my workbench that I use all the time.

From the August 2007 issue #163
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