Please forgive any repeats of previous advice…
I’m another string player who’s applied bowing principles to sawing.
I also found that a easy, straight bowing motion with loose wrist and
fingers and motion generated from the elbow (not the shoulder) made
sawing on the straights extremely easy. I pretend I’m a bandsaw.
As for the corners, I’d bet UKP 5 that you’re not holding the saw
straight up and down, even if you think you are. One of my
instructors had me sit down and saw for him - it turned out I needed
to (1) lower my seat - I’m very tall and (2) push my wrist forward
ever so slightly to bring the bottom of the saw forward. (It actually
FEELS a little like I’m overextending it even tho the position turns
out to be correct.) When I do this, I can feel the friction releasing
in mid-saw and the metal seems to magically part. It’s also quieter,
which means I’m not converting my energy to friction and sound
energy. Maybe you could have someone take photos of you from the side
while you saw - I’ll bet there’s a 5 to 15 degree slant there that
you can’t see or detect from your usual vantage point behind the peg.
I think you’ll agree that having a slant in the blade while going
around a corner puts tension on the blade, as though one is trying to
wrap the blade around the corner like a rubber band.
The other thing worth double-checking is the tooth size of your saw
blades. I think the Brepohl book has a good discussion of chip
making with saw blades. Tim McCreight’s book (in my hand) says that
three teeth need to be on the metal at all times. I find that if it’s
AT LEAST three teeth, I get no snagging and yanking.
Oh, and is your peg flat side up for sawing and slanted side up for
As for lubrication - I’ve used beeswax, spit and nothing at all -
they were all fine, but I do prefer using something for those few
moments each session when my technique gets lazy. I’ll try bur lube
at some point as well.
Making these minor corrections has sped me up enormously - no
kidding - this technique has me going faster than my classmates by a
factor of 2.
Hope this helps,