FEATURE STORY SUPER THIN SAWS Blades of Steel Precision is the name of the game here by Will Lindner I 6 n the wood-products industry there’s something called “kerf,” and the less of it a company pro-duces, the better. George Campo, whose family-owned business, Sawyer Bentwood, has special-ized since 1954 in steam-bending hardwood components primarily for fur-niture (think of the rockers on rocking BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • NOVEMBER 2017 chairs, or the thin bands that gracefully embrace the edges of a fine dining table), describes kerf this way: “It’s the amount of wood the saw removes.” Sawyer Bentwood is based in Whitingham, on Vermont’s southern bor-der. It was a little more than 20 years ago that Campo began purchasing the circu-lar saw blades for his machinery from Super Thin Saws, up north in Waterbury. The thin, carbide-tipped blades, he explains, cut down on kerf. “When I first switched [to Super Thin Saws] we were doing a lot of window bows,” says Campo. “Very narrow rips; we’d take a one-inch board and get five bows out of it. Now, instead of getting five Continued on p. 8 B USINESS PEOPLE-VERMONT John Schultz (right), the founder and president of Super Thin Saws in Waterbury, stands with the company’s co-owners, Dave Strom, treasurer, and Rob Bisbee, vice president.