Sharpening a whip saw.
Vintage Logging

Vintage Logging – Saw filing

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about saw filing. Saw filers were the highest paid workers at the mills, so it shows the importance of the skill set.

1900 Photograph shows a saw filer at work in the Providence Mill (West Branch) of the Sierra Lumber Company.
Photograph shows a saw filer at work in the Providence Mill (West Branch) of the Sierra Lumber Company.

Two 60 inch top and bottom circular saws made the head-rig. Filers and sawyers were the highest paying jobs – each getting about $100.00 per month and board.
Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: http://www.cdlib.org/

1900 Sierra Flume and Lumber Co.
Mill interior with employees. Sierra Lumber Industry. It appears to be the filing room and iron works shop.

Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: http://www.cdlib.org/

1900 Sierra Lumber Company.
Between E. 8th St. and the Humboldt Road, east of Pine.

Original plant built in 1876, expanded through the years. Aquired by Diamond Match Co. 1907, when it was discontinued.
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1907 Filing Room at Lyonsville Sawmill.
Photograph shows filing room of the sawmill built by Diamond at Lyonsville in 1907/1908. This was a band mill.

Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: http://www.cdlib.org/

1923 Saw filing Room.
Lassen Lumber and Box Company, Susanville mill – interior view of machinery & works. Susanville, Lassen County, CA.

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1945 A Man inspecting saw chain
1945 A Man inspecting saw chain.

Pacific Mills, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC.

1945 Filing a large saw blade in the saw shop
Filing a large saw blade.

1945 Filing a large saw blade in the saw shop

1945 Man adjusting saw blade at Pacific Mills, Queen Charlotte Islands
1945 Man adjusting saw blade at Pacific Mills, Queen Charlotte Islands.
Men in the filing room.
Men in the filing room with big band saw blades.
Sharpening a whip saw.
A whip saw is what was used by sawyers on a saw pit trench or elevated frame.

A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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