1900 China postcard - small Chinese pedlars, wood-sawyers.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – saw pits

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about saw pits, the ancient art of sawing logs into dimensional lumber.

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18th century Sawyer in India
18th century Sawyer in India

Cutting planks from a timber, one man on top, 3 down below on a saw pit.


1900 Postcard of Chinese sawyers
1900 Postcard of Chinese sawyers using pit saws along a boulevard in the community.

1903 Usual method of sawing lumber in China
1903 Usual method of sawing lumber in China, using a saw pit frame.

1900 Edgers at work whipsawing.
1900 Edgers at work whipsawing.

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:22541


A carpenter pit sawing at Colonial Williamsburg.
A carpenter pit sawing at Colonial Williamsburg.

A post card show French carpenters using a saw pit.
A post card show French carpenters using a saw pit.

A post card featuring two sawyers with a saw pit frame.
A post card featuring two sawyers with a saw pit frame.

1910s Filipino saw mill.
1910s Filipino saw mill.

Filipino saw-mill of a primitive sort, Cebu, P.I.


A factory setting of sawyers in Vietnam.
A factory setting of sawyers in Vietnam.

This post card pictures an organized group of sawyers cutting lumber using frame pit saws.


1900 China postcard - small Chinese pedlars, wood-sawyers
1900 China postcard – small Chinese pedlars, wood-sawyers.

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

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