Branches, Saw Issues, and LOTS of Sweat

It's been weeks since I started building my sister's birthday present.  There's nothing more fulfilling than giving a gift that was created via your own blood and sweat.

Unfortunately, her birthday just recently passed.

And I'm still not finished.

I should have stuck with gardening, like with my other sister's mother's day present.

I'm lucky, though, because she understands that a present that comes directly from the heart can sometimes take a little longer than expected, due to unforeseen difficulties.

And, wow... difficulties there have been... from the very start.

I grabbed a huge pile of black walnut tree branches that I had collected over the past couple of months.  I thought it'd be great to try to use a pocket saw to cut the branches I was using for the project.

pocket saw

I mean, how cool is that?  Such a tiny piece of equipment that can be used to fell branches just screamed for me to use it!  I'd loop a saw that's basically a thin wire around a branch and swiftly pull back and forth to produce a nice, even cut.  It seemed to work quite nicely.

even cut in walnut tree branch

Unfortunately, once I got a nice rhythm going and could smell the overwhelmingly beautiful scent of fresh sawdust, a slight problem occurred...

Pocket saw snapped apart


The wire snapped in half, and I was left with a mostly, but not quite complete cut.

A small problem.  Nothing I couldn't handle, though...  So I went searching for our hacksaw.  After a while, I found it, and set to work cutting the branch.

After a while, I realized that it was taking far to long to get that branch cut, so I inspected the blade.

bent hacksaw

Seriously bent, and horribly dull.  I breathed a sigh of relief, glad that the problem was the tool, and not the user.

I decided it was time to find myself a cheap power saw.  Of course, I have no idea what 'cheap' means in the power tool world, since I always keep myself safely cocooned with simple tools:  hammers, wrenches, pliers... the simple stuff.  Zero environmental impact, since no energy is used, aside from brute force.

I mean, sure, I have an awesome drill, but anyone can use one of those with zero difficulty.

A saw, on the other hand...

Wish me luck!