Mark Harrell, founder of Bad Axe Toolworks was a featured presenter at the inaugural Woodworks Conference in Perth, Ontario. Bad Axe saws are arguably some of the best new backsaws available today. Mark Harrell not only makes a fine saw, he is also a well established restorer.
His presentation at Woodworks was "Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw", an in depth and well documented look at taking a run of the mill vintage backsaw and bringing it back to life. The entire 56 page document is now available for free at
I recently went over every page with great interest. Mark covers every step from disassembly to blade tensioning to basic sharpening, and does so in great detail. Every step is photographed, making this a great resource for anyone looking to restore an old saw. Even if you own new saws, the techniques shown will help keep your saw performing at it's best. Go check it out today!