Felling by saw?

Shawn W Miller swm5 at namaste.cc.columbia.edu
Thu Oct 13 20:10:20 EST 1994

A forest history question.

Approximately when did lumbermen begin using the hand saw as a means of 
actually felling trees.  I beleive W. Cronin, in his book Nature's Economy,
states that it wasn't until the 1880s in the Great Lakes area.  This seems 
extremely late as the saw has been around since ancient times.  No matter the
date of inception, was the delay in use simply due to the fact that nobody had
yet figured out how to utilize wedges to avoid the blade binding and being
lost?  Any comments or references to books on foresty technology was be 
greatly appreciated.

Shawn Miller

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