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Working with Hands - James E. Price

  Stringing or Purfling Saw  

Over a period of at
least 50 years I have made many of my own woodworking tools to fulfill special needs.



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
March, 2015

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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.


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