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The saws that cut the wood that made the ships.

bruce d

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Anyone interested in how the wooden walls were built will know the humble saw must play a part. I was pleasantly surprised to find much of the contents of this work entitled 'Story of the Saw', produced for Spear & Jackson, relates to shipyards.


Story of the Saw-compressed.pdf




A model shipwright and an amateur historian are heads & tails of the same coin

current builds:

HMS Berwick 1775, 1/192 scratchbuild; a Slade 74 in the Navy Board style

Mediator sloop, 1/48 - an 18th century transport scratchbuild 

French longboat - CAF - 1/48, on hold

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This is amazing.  Not sure how the "Death by Saw" illustration (p. 19)  applies except as a warning for 21st C.  saw safety.


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Spear & Jackson is still around, although they have merged with other companies, as has happened to Disston Saw.   They are no longer making the larger saws used in sawmills and ship yards, but they were still applying for patents for insert teeth (Figure 79, page 64) in the 1980's.  Several people I worked with did their saw-maker/saw-filer apprenticeship at S&J plant near Vancouver, Canada.


Stay Sharp - Stay Safe

Judgement comes from experience:  experience comes from poor judgement.

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