Andrew Lunn at Eccentric Toolworks has resumed taking orders for his custom saws.
Let the whuppings and hand-wringing commence!
Last year Lunn stopped taking new orders so he could concentrate on eliminating his backlog of orders and figure out a pricing structure that would allow the former paramedic to make a living. This week, Lunn resumed taking orders and raised his base prices. A dovetail saw starts at $500.
Now before you get your panties in a twist and post something nasty in the comments section below, rest assured that plenty of panties have already been twisted on your behalf. Take a gander at all the comments posted on earlier blog entries I’ve written about Lunn. Here’s a Google search that will take you to all the juicy stuff.
I’ve always been amused by the controversy that Lunn attracts. He is probably the most introverted, unassuming and quiet toolmaker I know. Really, all he wants to do is make saws and other things for a living. He wants to use hand processes. And he wants to tune the tools to as a high a level as he can.
You can read a little bit about his processes on his web site. Lunn says he plans to post more photos and blog entries that show how he makes a saw in his one-car-sized shop in central Ohio.
For my part, here’s my simple take on Lunn’s saws. I have purchased two (both at full price at the time): a dovetail saw and a carcase saw. Those of you who have been to our shop know that I have a lot of saws and that I encourage visitors and students to try all of them , except the Eccentric saws.
These two saws don’t travel. They are the only tools I own that I’ve asked my co-workers to refrain from using. I guard them jealously.
Why? Because they are so damn personal. I cannot explain it any better than that. Loaning out one of those saws would feel like loaning out some underwear (sorry about the underwear theme here — I don’t know where that’s coming from).
In any case, I’m glad that Lunn has re-opened ordering because that means I can get in line to get a couple more saws. I might have to scrimp a bit more, but so be it.
– Christopher Schwarz