This is the first in a series of posts about the tools in our shop so we figured we'd start with one of our favorites: our steel-cutting bandsaw, Brian Ellis. True, a human name, and like all of our tools we do think of him that way, sort of. Brian Ellis is named in honor of our friend Brian Ellis, who lives just down the alley. He signed the saw with the sweet heart over the "i". Fitting, since we love our Brian Ellis: he's dressed dapperly; he handles well when we wheel him out of the shop every morning; he's accurate and makes a clean cut; he's whisper-quiet; and unlike most metal-cutting bandsaws, he requires none of the weird white cutting lube that makes his competitors such a mess to operate. We have no idea why he needs no lube but that's just the way he is. Made in Verona, Wisconsin by the Ellis Mfg. Company.