The best way to describe the tool
in the photos is that it is a saw. I know, it does not look like
a saw but it is a saw I use to insert wooden stringing or
purfling into some of my projects.
I made it out of some scrap
mahogany, ebony, a screw, and some brass. One side inlay is
ebony and the other one was cut out of an old piano key.
It works better and faster than any
string router I have ever used.
The little saw that does the
cutting is lunate in shape and has teeth that face slightly
forward and backward from center.
The above photo shows it in use
with some stringing pressed into the very clean kerf it made.
James E. Price
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About James E. Price
I am an anthropologist who is also a 5th-generation occupant of
The Current River Watershed in the southeastern Missouri Ozark
Highland. I was educated at The University of
Missouri-Columbia and The University Of Michigan. I was granted
a doctorate in anthropology from the latter institution in 1973.
I have a
enthusiasm concerning the history of the Scots-Irish settlement
of the southeastern Ozarks in the early 19th Century. I study how it
formed the language, social organization, and view of the cosmos
that still remains deeply embedded in the folk culture of the
counties through which the Current River flows.