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How to use a bow saw

A bow saw is a really useful tool to have in your Forest School kit. Read or download our comprehensive 'how to use a bow saw' guide here.

Tool use & Traditional Crafts


The following process may be split up over a number of sessions or completed in one longer session. Areas covered:

  1. Preparation
  2. Introduction
  3. Description
  4. Transporting and passing
  5. Position and safety
  6. Using the tool
  7. Storage and maintenance
  8. Handy hints

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Environmental Considerations

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Health & Safety Considerations

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Muddy Faces tool guides - How to use a bow saw

Front cover of the Muddy Faces 'How to use a bow saw' guide

A Muddy Faces, free to download, guide: how to introduce and use bow saws safely with a group aged 8 yrs+.

Download the pdf here:

HT use a bowsaw

pdf, 4.39 MB

In our Shop:

Bahco Bow Saws

From: £25.58 exVAT

These are lightweight yet heavy duty saws for all round use.

The integrated, ergonomic handle has a built-in hand guard to protect your knuckles.

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Countryman Bow Saw

£15.04 exVAT

This Countryman Bow Saw would be an ideal choice for your forest school kit or school resources. It provides excellent cutting performance and is suitable for use by gardeners, builders, farmers and DIY, etc. Its tubular steel frame features a lever ...

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Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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