Category Archives: Saws

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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Sawing Lumber in Europe

Sketch of two sawyers – 17th century – artist unknown Besançon; Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology This entry is a continuation of the previous series on sawing lumber. (See also China, India, Japan) These images from Italy, Spain & … Continue reading

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Sawing Lumber in Japan

‘In the Totomi Mountains’ by Katsushika Hokusai (1830-1833) From the series – Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji I gave a series of experiments one day in my lecture-room before the governors of the province and a large number of people … Continue reading

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Sawing Lumber in India

  Image from ‘Ackerbau der Morgenländer’ (Agriculture of the Orientals) – 1772 “ The Indian carpenter knows no other tools than the plane, chisel, wimble, a hammer, and a kind of hatchet. The earth serves him for a shop-board, and … Continue reading

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