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One of my first posts to Knots....
I have been woodworking for almost 3 years now, and I initially rushed out and bought almost every power tool I could get my hands on. Then about a year ago I bought a Lie-Nielsen block plane and a Veritas low-angle smooth plane, as well an Independence dovetail saw and a set of German-made bench chisels. (This was sparked by a visit to Rob Cosman's booth at a Toronto woodshow)
I found I was actually building skills and learning wood as I used my prized hand tools. However, I have had limited success trying to use a bow saw. (The bow saw purchase was from reading "Seven Essentials of Woodworking" by Anthony Guidice...maybe he's on this forum and can answer my question?)
I bought my bow saw from traditionalwoodworker.com and have practiced a lot with it. My frustration is that as I make a rip cut, the saw starts straight and cuts fast, but as the rip progresses the blade always drifts to one side of my cut line. In my hands it has been impossible to correct this, especially once I'm already into the cut. It's frustrating because I can make straight cuts almost effortlessly with the dovetail saw, but not with my rip 24" bow saw.
I have already searched the Knots forum for answers and found some generic talk about making or buying bow saws, but nothing about actual technique.
Is there no European master lurking on this forum that can help me?