The Brontë Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing inspiration from the best saw makers and artisans of the 18th Century, authoresses of the 19th Century and by adding his own unique 21st Century design features, the quality of craftsmanship that Shane has produced in this range would leave even the Brontë sisters lost for words! Created solely for the end user and despite the complexities of their creation, Shane is motivated by the notion that these saws could never be made by a machine, and that the owner will take pride in using a cosmetically sound and accurate tool that is truly handmade. The Brontë Range is made up of three saw types, the dovetail, carcass and tenon, each giving a nod to one of the three most famous Yorkshire literary sisters – The Brontë’s.

A New Design Concept

The purpose of developing this range was to create a saw that has a highly tensioned rigid blade that will never move over the lifetime of the saw. A saw which is perfectly balanced, graceful and striking. Shane, employs the same mindset in his work as his 18th Century contemporaries, always developing and changing things. Let’s not forget that the 18th Century saw makers were the first to introduce a brass back to a saw, since then no-one else other than Shane has attempted to change the construction of this tool. Designed for making a longer stroke, this range of saws allows for the ganging up of joints and both quicker and accurate work practices. With more teeth doing less work, these saws also do not require sharpening quite as frequently. What is more there is something rather ‘cheeky’ about this unique design! – Shane, has created a ‘half cheek’ allowing the user to utilise their saw blade to full capacity.

 

Design Advantages

Traditional Saw Design

Traditional saw designs / construction for example folded back saws rely on a vice like tension from the brass back nipping the saw plate. This tension is achieved by tapping the toe and the heel of the saw back thus allowing it to further grab onto the toe and heel of the plate but not moving in the centre. The disadvantages of this construction are:

  • The plate coming loose and reversing the tension

  • A concertina appearing on the blade, which when pushed through a fine kerf will then buckle the blade

  • A Loose fit between the handle, back and blade and because the handle is bolted to the blade this therefore reverses the effects of tensioning

  • Any moisture content in the wood through different states of humidity and time will affect the alignment and tension to the blade. This can also cause rusting where the blade is clamped under the wood

  • The woodwork clamping the blade limits the overall cutting stroke of the saw

The Brontë Range

  • Has a superior tension – The blade is permanently tensioned and is removable if required

  • The blade is tapered which increases cutting speed per stroke

  • The Handle (Woodwork) does not come into contact with the blade, eliminating the chances of rusting

  • NEW ‘Half Cheek’ handle designed by Shane allowing the user to utilise the full blade depth at the back of the saw

  • Optimally balanced. Geometrically designed so it feels light in the hand and it doesn’t feel like you are holding a long saw

  • The handle placement and relative weight and hang angle provide the most favourable downward force for sawing.

  • The friction created by the blade cutting the wood fibres and the hand placement to the height of the tooth line of this light-weight saw together creates a downward pressure that you would expect of a heavier saw

  • The blade is free-floating from the saw bolts and is fully back pushing

  • Features a deliberate saw plate design to give a constant high tension along the tooth line. The radius of the saw plate optimising the tension at the heel

  • Designed cosmetically to have not looked out of place in the 18th century, but to perform equally as well in another few hundred years

The Brontë Sisters

Although born in the Village of Thornton; Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë lived most of their short lives in Haworth, Yorkshire. A relatively poor family, their father Patrick was a clergyman at a local church and sadly their mother Maria and a number of other siblings died young, leaving them to live quite a secluded life at The Parsonage. Along with their brother Branwell, they spent many hours entertaining themselves, running around up on the bleak moors and within their own imaginations – penning poems and works of fantasy. It is however, the poetry and the novels that they each wrote such as ‘Wuthering Heights,’ ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ that has made them icons of literature and famous throughout time around the world. The oldest surviving Brontë sister, Charlotte still only reached the age of 38 before she perished, but what the sisters achieved and the determination they showed was astonishing for the time in which they lived. With very limited life experience, their imaginations however appeared limitless, producing the ‘classics’ we see today that explored subjects that one would imagine to be beyond their years and somewhat taboo for women in Victorian England. Needless to say, the trio of relatively shy sisters each adopted for a while a masculine pseudonym to allow them to explore the more harder hitting subjects in their novels. Anne Bronte became ‘Acton Bell,’ Charlotte penned as ‘Currer Bell’ and Emily was known as ‘Ellis Bell.’ There is much speculation about how they derived at these pen names which still retained their actual initials. One theory is that ‘Bell’ was a shortened down version of both their brother’s name and also mother’s maiden name B(ranw)ell. Maybe this was out of respect and to make them feel included in their ventures? There is no doubt about it, they were extremely clever women. They knew what they would have to do to make it into print and whilst rarely leaving Haworth, they travelled to London to meet with the most suitable publishers.

Once again, we love to include inspirational Yorkshire men and women in our saw stories, and this one is particularly close to home for me. I grew up in the Old Town of Scarborough, literally in the shadow of Anne Brontë’s grave. Affectionately known in the fishing community as ‘Annie Bronts’ Many times I walked there to find my brother, Jon who with his friends would be playing football in the churchyard where she rests – jumpers marking out goals! As I grew older however, and my love of literature grew, so did my understanding and admiration of these unique sisters – They were and still are compelling! And by the time I was in my second year at university, I was conducting a long study on both them and their works. On leaving university, I even applied for a job at The Brontë Parsonage, but that’s another story… It’s true to say though that I am a Brontë fan, oddly though more so of them as people and their achievements rather than their individual works, which of course are literary masterpieces. Shane, has created a dovetail, carcass and tenon saw for the Brontë Range, all of which can be customised in length. Each type of saw is named after one of the Brontë sisters in honour of their great accolades and the saws are stamped LONDON to reflect the journey that they took to achieve their goals.

The Acton Bell 11½” Dovetail Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From its elegant 18th century style horns, through to the sweeps and curves that effortlessly glove your hand, extended flat bottomed and chamfered half cheek and hand-fluted tapered brass back with blade radiused at the heel – This 11½” Dovetail saw has it all and is super for dovetailing and cutting small joints. The Brontë range has also been designed to sit well aesthetically with all of the saws that Shane designed in 2019/20 including The Gentleman Jaq and Archer Saws. Aptly named in honour of the youngest Brontë sister Anne, who’s work includes the ‘Tenant of Wildfell’ Hall’ and ‘Agnes Grey’ Unlike her sisters her writing is classed as ‘realism’ with feminist undertones highlighting themes of gender equality / separation / domestic abuse and alcoholism. She basically tells it like it is, and for that reason she is my favourite Brontë sister. Devoutly religious all her short life, Anne contracted tuberculosis and sought the sea air here in Scarborough in 1849 where she sadly died on the 28th May at the tender age of just 29. She lays to rest in St Mary’s Churchyard below Scarborough Castle facing towards her beloved Haworth, but also looking out to sea.

  • 11½” Dovetail Saw (Custom sizes can be agreed after consultation)

  • Unique retaining fluted brass back

  • Stamped LONDON to reflect the Brontë sisters publishing in London & stepping out of their native Yorkshire and comfort zone to achieve great things

  • Double stamped S. SKELTON / J. SKELTON reflective of the Brontës using two names both their pseudonyms and real names and also to signify our business partnership

  • Canted blade 1-5/16” at the heel to 1-5/8” at the toe

  • 0.015” Plate thickness

  • Open pistol grip handle in a choice of high-grade timbers custom made to palm size

  • Half cheek design allowing for full utilisation of length and depth of blade

  • Rip cut 17ppi / 16tpi

  • 0.002” Set per side

  • Cost £545 Plus Postage £15 UK / £25 Overseas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              Anne Bronte 17th January 1820 - 28th May 1849

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