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In 1. More recently the cathedral held a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth 11 to mark her 90th birthday and one imagines that something will be planned to honour her Platinum Jubilee in W Turner and of course the aforementioned, Sir Christopher Wren who lived to a fine age of 91 and whose plain stone re translated from Latin.
S ir Christopher Wren Image en. The bells we are concerned with though are the ones housed in the North West Tower.
Change ringing demands a reasonable level of physical fitness and is an extremely skilled practice that takes a of years to master. Back in January the twelve bells for the first time in their years were removed for restoration. It was the first time since the war that the bells had remained silent for any length of time.
He was telling us about being in possession of some of this historic timber and I was stood thinking how amazing this would be for a saw handle. A of months later I negotiated a small piece from Andy and the idea of the Cathedral Saw started to take shape. Ordinarily oak is unsuitable for a saw handle due to the fact that the tannins in the wood corrode steel.
Seeing that Thomas Chippendale who was born in the infancy of the Cathedral being built and with his workshops being little more than a mile down the road this saw seemed very fitting. Whilst the bells date toit could be plausible that the timber is original to the building of the cathedral.
Oak really does stand the test of time, for example the foundations of York Minster are actually oak and you only have to see ships that have been sat at the bottom of the sea made from oak, but still to a degree preserved despite the elements. The piece of oak we acquired was very small and Shane, has had to be very clever in how he has fashioned a handle from it, as like most woods not all of it is suitable.
He found that we are able to make two handles from this wood, although only one pistol grip style and then maybe in the future a smaller straight handled Gents Saw. This has been more of a personal project for us and something that Shane has enjoyed and worked on outside of the normal working week. It is, like all of our saws a precision tool that is equally luxurious and elegant at the same time. Someone very lucky is going to acquire a true piece of handmade British Craftsmanship at its best packed with history.
I suspect and hopefully that in years to come this will also be the saw that was once in time the most expensive saw in the world and one to look out for. Incurvate Spear Top.