"Reading" Tool Marks on Furniture by ProQuest


The industrial, or mechanical, process of lumbering begins perhaps as early as the fifteenth-century with water-driven, up-and-down saws (Figure 24). Think of the frame saw, attached to an armature going to the waterwheel, the cam action of the rotating wheel pulling the blade up and down. The actual sawing motion is pow- ered by the waterwheel. The real added benefit was that the whole log was "dogged in" or mounted on a sled that could be mechanically pulled through the blade.

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