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    Well today I thought Xmas had been reinvented. I while ago I undertook to purchase from Rob Streeper one of his hand made saw hammers. This was to go to Fence Furniture first in a bulk package for onward transmission to me.

    Today it arrived. As I was carrying it home from the post office, I thought to myself it felt a bit heavy, but it been a while since I committed to purchase and I couldn't quite remember what I had bought. There should be a set of saw nuts in there, some 100mm DEST saw files and the saw hammer.

    It seemed a little heavy. The house is only about 200m from the post office, but I was starting to appreciate we didn't live any further away. Good buying decision I thought.

    I opened the parcel and found this lot:

    Rob Streepers Dog Hammers 001.jpgRob Streepers Dog Hammers 002.jpgRob Streepers Dog Hammers 003.jpgRob Streepers Dog Hammers 004.jpg

    No wonder it was heavy:

    Large dog hammer 1.21Kg
    Medium dog hammer .73Kg
    Small dog hammer .51Kg
    Cross pein hammer .74Kg

    Ok I suppose my stamina is not what it was once. If you are walking out of the desert with me, it might be to your advantage not to flake out .

    Then there were these beautifully made saw nuts:

    Rob Streepers Saw Nuts 001.jpgRob Streepers Saw Nuts 002.jpgRob Streepers Saw Nuts 003.jpgRob Streepers Saw Nuts 004.jpg

    Not a great deal of weight in those, but so beautifully made and robust compared with the split nuts of yore. They were my prize for nearly guessing the era during which ACME saws were harder. I accept the exulted status this gives me and chose not to mention I was the only entrant as it tends to detract from the aforementioned status. They are superbly made and so consistent. The main problem now will be deciding what saw to stick them on.

    Lastly and contributing minimally to the mass of the package were the files.

    Rob Streepers Small saw files.jpg

    They have come at such a good time. I sold a Simonds No.371 to a guy who visited one of the Millmerran Historical Soc days where I had my saw exhibition. He also had a tiny 8" Spear and Jackson back saw he wanted retoothing. In a rash moment I agreed a deal to do this in conjunction with the Simonds sale. He wanted 16ppi. I have filed all the old teeth off and started to mark out for the new teeth. These new files are going to make this task so much easier.

    So how did I end up with four dog hammers? The biggie was a pressy from Fence Furniture. (Thanks Brett. Very much appreciated). Then there was the cross pein style which was my original purchase. The other two hammers. I'm not sure, but I will be contacting Rob. There may have been an error and I owe a little more folding money.

    The hammers are really well made and finished and the handles are extremely well fitted. If any of you have hesitated over the hammers or the saw nuts don't procrastinate any longer: Just do it.

    Sorry if this sounds like an advertisement or even an eulogy. Actually I'm not sorry. It is thoroughly deserved.

    Rob, when are you coming to Australia so I can shout you a beer? Make that a slab (that's Aussie for a carton). You are most welcome anytime for as long as you want.

    Gotta go now and clear up some of the drool from the mouse pad .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    The biggie was a pressy from Fence Furniture. (Thanks Brett. Very much appreciated).
    You are very welcome Paul. You've done myself and others numerous favours, so just a bit of pay back, and a bit of pay forward, perhaps in equal measure.

    And you're right about the quality - beautifully made! I don't know if Rob made the Hickory handles from scratch or modified something existing, but the fit and finish is excellent.
    Regards, FenceFurniture

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    Those hammers are gorgeous, they really hit the spot for me aesthetics wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bueller View Post
    Those hammers are gorgeous, they really hit the spot for me aesthetics wise.
    Yeah. The #1 was a particularly cute little fella. I was kinda regretting not.....nah, what am I saying. I don't even really have a use for the #4 that I ordered......yet (I'll find a use one day). They were just too nice not to have an example of.
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    Brett

    You and the other Forum members are most welcome. Gifts like this right out of the blue are the best of all.

    Thank you so much.

    Damn, where is all this drool coming from?

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    Bueller

    I can honestly say (now that I have some super absorbent flannel toweling around my chin) that the hammers look even better in the flesh than the pix. The contrast in finish and the balance both in aesthetics and feel seem just right.

    I would have tried them out already, but I got an emergency call from SWMBO to pick her up from Toowoomba where she had taken her car in for repair. They have pulled it to bits and it will be that way for a week.

    She caught me on a good day so I couldn't ask her to walk or hitch home. Well it is 80Km away and there were no arrangements made for tea . I might have starved .

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    Paul
    Are you organising a saw smithing thingy

    Rob your hammers looks spectacular.
    I remember reading the thread on them

    Cheers Matt

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    Matt

    You have raised an interesting subject there. I might combine with the D-23 saw configuration comparison, which hasn't been entirely forgotten. It was deferred. Santa took precedence. Appears he has been here before.

    And now I do believe!!

    I will have to work on a date for GTG, but I need to put in some practice first so I don't appear as the charlatan I really am.

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    It would be great to get together again.
    And get hammered [emoji3][emoji1008]

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    Paul, they look the good.
    Rob. Well done. Might have to put in an order.

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    Paul,

    Glad to read you like them. I'm looking forward to seeing how you apply them. I'm sure that there's a lot of personal variation in preferences but you might try the hammers with the anvil face about level with your hip plus or minus a little, I find that a higher position increases the tendency to form dents and produces less consistent work.

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    Thanks Rob

    "Like" is a little bit of a euphemism in this instance . I might have got that a little bit ar*e about face (a euphemism in reverse?) What I meant was that "like" is an understatement. I have been over the moon and am on my way back.

    Dents are the bane of the saw restorer as they are so easy to include and so difficult to remove. I will certainly try your recommendations.

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    What a superb little parcel
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    I don't even want to imagine what that cost to ship!

    Certainly worth it, no doubt. Great looking set of gear.

    I, like the others, am excited to see what you make with all of it, Paul.

    Cheers,
    Luke

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    Wow, what a great package!. Those hammers look fantastic.

    Rob certainly does excellent work, I've been using his saw nuts in a saw making class, and everyone loves them.

    Ray

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