I’m sad to announce that the world has lost another good saw sharpener.
Steve Cooke, 61, of York, Pa., died on March 17. Cooke was the founder of Cooke’s Sharpening Service, which specialized in sharpening all forms of edge tools. But Cooke had a special place in his heart for saws, and he had an impressive collection.
I sent a lot of readers to Cooke because he always had an excellent selection of working saws that he had (lightly) restored, sharpened and priced them to sell to people who were interested in using them , instead of hanging them on the wall.
Personally I have about four or five saws that Cooke restored, including a nice 12-point saw I use for fine crosscuts and a very large Disston D7 with a thumbhole rip handle. Dealing with him was always a pleasure, and I know a lot of readers who became quite fond of him as well.
To read his full obituary, you can read this story from the York Daily Record.
– Christopher Schwarz