Metal Artist's Workbench eBook

Thomas Mann is an expert jewelry artist, known for his unique style. Learn tips for using a jeweler’s saw straight from the master with this top jeweler’s saw eBook. Download all 15 complete jeweler’s saw projects and you’ll get instant access to great sawing tips and techniques.
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You’ll Love This Jeweler’s Saw eBook If:

  • You want to learn key sawing techniques & tips from artist Thomas Mann
  • You want to discover the ins and outs of using a jeweler’s saw
  • You love making jewelry and other sawn projects and need to know more

Thomas Mann is an expert jewelry artist, known for his unique style. Learn tips for using a jeweler’s saw straight from the master with this top jeweler’s saw eBook. Download all 15 complete jeweler’s saw projects and you’ll get instant access to great sawing tips and techniques. Learn how to cut plastic, wood, paper and metal safely and professionally, creating special art of your own.

These jewelry making projects go way beyond the basic, Thomas Mann shows you how to "Saw Where Y’at" and "saw in the zone" with his personal and easy-to-follow instruction. This well-loved tool allows you to create a variety of effects and details. With the "Whole Body Experience" you’ll learn the importance of proper grip and the importance of sawing ergonomics.

In the Metal Artist’s Workbench eBook You’ll Learn:

  • How to make a light switch plate, pendants, pins & much more using a jeweler’s saw
  • 15 complete step-by-step metal, plastic, wood and paper cutting projects
  • How to start a cut, turning a corner, piercing and much more with a jeweler’s saw

A Word From the Author:

"The jeweler’s saw is simply an amazing tool, one that is essential to the work produced in my studio. Over the course of my career, I have trained some 350 assistants to use this saw effectively. And, because I was paying each and every one of those assistants to learn how to use it, I came up with what has proven to be a fast and effective instructional system. I know this is beginning to sound like a pitch for the Veg-O-Matic, but I am so enraptured with this tool and its capabilities that I am just naturally compelled to share it with you and the world!" — Thomas Mann

Check Out This Excerpt From Metal Artist's Workbench:

What Is Sawing?
The noun "saw" and the verb "to saw, sawing or sawed" describe only a general idea of what a saw is or what it does, but say nothing about what is actually taking place where the "rubber meets the road," or, in this case, where the saw blade meets the material. So here is a little more information about one of the most ubiquitous tools on the planet.

A saw is a tool with teeth. It is necessarily made of a substance that is stronger and more resilient than the materials it is designed to cut. It subdivides a material (wood, plastic, metal, cardboard, you name it) by removing a thin section from the body of the material, thus separating the two parts. The negative space left in this process is known as the "kerf." How the teeth of the saw accomplish their mission is different depending on the design of the tool relative to the material it is intended to cut.

In every instance, a saw accomplishes its task by either shredding, chiseling or scraping a path thru the material you wish to separate. This is a critical factor in your understanding of how to operate the tool to accomplish its task, because a saw of any type is only an extension of the mind-body-hand-tool connection. This understanding is very important in operating a handsaw effectively but is enormously more important when operating a power saw safely.

I’ve discovered that when the assistants in my own studio and long-time professional metalsmiths and students in the many workshops I’ve taught are instructed in all aspects of a saw’s function, their sawing skills improve dramatically and swiftly.

What Is a Jeweler’s Saw?
We refer to this unique variation on the design of the coping saw, which is in the family of the fret saw, which evolved from the bow saw, as a jeweler’s saw simply because its use is predominately associated with metalsmiths who make jewelry. What makes it unique is the blade. The jeweler’s saw blades are very thin—seemingly fragile things—compared to the blade of a coping saw. However, they have a strength and a resilience that, when understood and used appropriately, can produce phenomenal results. The jeweler’s saw’s unique capability is that when operated effectively, it can cut very tight curves and corners through a wide variety of materials ranging from paper to plastics to metals. Additionally, I have found application for it in situations completely outside of its designed use.

For instance, I keep a saw frame and blades in the toolbox on my boat and have used it to cut through bolts, cable and wiring in places where no other tool could perform the task as well. I used it to saw out switch plates at home when they didn’t fit the size of the switch I had just installed and saved myself the cost of a trip to the hardware store. In short, it’s a truly amazing and versatile tool.

The Jeweler’s Saw Frame
The saw frame is the gateway to the sawing experience with the saw blade being the gate. I describe the tools of sawing in this way, because for me, sawing can be a very meditative practice. When all of the conditions for accurate and efficient sawing are met, the gate will open, and the possibility of a time-shifting reality presents itself. I know I am leaning heavily toward the philosophical here, but trust me—when you’re "sawin’ where y’at, " the "flow state" presents itself and the sawing is the only thing that’s happenin'. Reinforcing the philosophical angle here is the condition that the saw frame has a unique historical development and timelessness about it. Even though the jeweler’s saw frames you can purchase today look and feel new, they retain many historical design features. The frame’s design is essentially unchanged since it showed up on the metalsmith’s bench in the early to mid-1800s. What has changed is the increasing sophistication of the saw blades used in it.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU Y3387
Product Type eBook
File/Trim Size 27 MB
File Type PDF
ISBN 13 9781440311512
Author/Designer Thomas Mann
Customer Reviews (1)
Great video - excellent tips and techniques
Thomas Mann's video provides a thorough explanation of how to use the jeweler's saw. In addition, the video provides some tips I have not seen elsewhere, which have helped me to become more comfortable and consistent in using my saw.

Hey, folks at Interweave: this video is hidden amongst the Mixed Media offerings - it needs to be listed in the Jewelry offerings. Please move it so that folks can find it - it's a wonderful video.
Review by Mary (Posted on 12/1/2014)
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