Category Archives: Saws

Roubo on Scieurs de Long

Continuing with the series on pit sawing; this is my translation of André Roubo’s description of the process from L’Art du menuisier (1769-82). Roubo offers us a unique view of pit sawing not yet covered in the other passages, that … Continue reading

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Moxon on Pit Saws

The Pit-ſaw is a great Saw fitted into a ſquare Frame; as in Plate 4. M is the Pit-ſaw. The Pit Saw, is Set ſo Rank for courſe Stuff, as to make a Kerf of almoſt a quarter of an … Continue reading

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Sawyer’s Logic

Sir,—I request the insertion of the following statement in your valuable little work. My object is to bring to public notice a most unjust practice among a certain class of men (which, by-the-bye, I am told is law). I withhold … Continue reading

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Hosking on Pit Sawyers

The labour of the sawyer is applied to the division of large pieces of timber or logs into forms and sizes to suit the purposes of the carpenter and joiner. His working place is called a saw-pit, and his almost … Continue reading

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Hassenfratz and Duhamel on Scieurs de Long

Rather than attempt to explain the specific details of French style trestle sawing, I have attempted to translate two the of the best primary French sources on sawing timber. The translations are not polished, but they will begin to help … Continue reading

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Surrey Larcenies &c.

300. Edward Turner was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of November, 1 saw, value 1l. 7s., the goods of William Beal, and that he had been before convicted of felony. William Beal. I am a sawyer, and live at … Continue reading

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Observations from Indostan

The muſcular ſtrength of the Indian is ſtill leſs than might be expected from the appearance of the texture of his frame. Two Engliſh ſawyers have performed in one day the work of thirty-two Indians: allowances made for the difference … Continue reading

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Holtzapffel on Pit Sawing

The long saw, pit saw, or whip saw, which follows in the table, is also the next saw that is commonly applied to the piece of timber, which is then placed over the saw-pit, in order that the saw may … Continue reading

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A Copy of Verses Upon Two Celebrated Modern Poets

Behold thoſe Monarch-Oaks that riſe, With lofty Branches to the Skies, Have large proportion’d Roots that grow With equal Longitude below: Two Bards that now in faſhion reign, Moſt aptly this Device explain: If This to Clouds and Stars will … Continue reading

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Scieurs de long

Hubert Robert – Fountain of Apollo gardens of Versailles – 1774 This painting depicts the rejuvenation of the park at Versailles, begun in 1774 with the cutting down of the trees for sale as firewood (not FORP). Scieurs de long, … Continue reading

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