Waterbodies & Maritime => Chatham Dockyard => Topic started by: librarian on September 11, 2011, 16:16:35

Title: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: librarian on September 11, 2011, 16:16:35
My father worked at Chatham Dockyard after we returned from Gibraltar-where he also worked in the dockyard-his job was a saw doctor repairing the large band saws used for cutting wood, I think.
Has anyone heard of this profession before? it was one I had not heard of and still today its not something I have come across.
Below is a picture taken of him at work just before he retired.
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i476/librarian55/1965-ChathamDockyard-CharlieWalderworkassawdoctor-1.jpg)
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: Mike S on September 11, 2011, 17:44:55
At one time, Saw doctors were quite common - but nowadays most people just buy a cheap saw and throw it away when it is blunt. I do know of 2 Saw doctors who were trading in recent years in Essex.
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: grandarog on September 11, 2011, 18:51:00
There is still a vast demand for Saw blade sharpening in industry where the saws are not cheapo DIY throwaways.Saw doctors still exist ,nowadays they mainly operate computor controlled sharpening machines,but there are still traditionalists at work if you can find them.
http://www.prosharp.co.uk/services.asp?c=s
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: Sentinel S4 on September 11, 2011, 20:11:45
I used to work in a tool hire emporium and we sent all of our blades away on return from hire, some were little more than scrap though........ I next worked for a printer and the gillotine nblades went away for sharpening all the time. We had five, one spare, one in use, one waiting for pick up and two away. They were sharpened by a saw dr somewhere in the East End of London.
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: AlanH on September 13, 2011, 02:45:59
I remember large metal saw blades used for cutting billets of steel being re-sharpened in the tool room at Blaw Know when I was an apprentice there. Special machines are made to do that job and I know that the Germans still manufacture them as my elder bro was their area manager in Asia and North America for some years.
AlanH.
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: smiler on September 13, 2011, 11:09:52
I've a good friend who served his time as a carpenter and still sharpens his saws some of them being over 50 years old.
Title: Re: My dad the saw-doctor
Post by: pr1uk on April 03, 2012, 10:59:15
When i worked for Scott's Timber yard Railway Street Chatham they had a saw doctor he did all the cross cut blades any saws and the big band saw. It was quit a trade then as you had to keep the equipment up to scratch and i always remember he had a large setup that would take a big band saw and go round and round doing each tooth in turn. If they did a hand saw they would show how good it was by running a needle down the blade. It was quite a trade then and a good saw doctor was worth his weight in gold as good equipment ment productive work.