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Pit Sawing:

    When using this technique the timber that is to be cut is raised onto scaffolding or simply set over a pit. The top sawer stood on the log and guided the saw along a line marked by snapping a string coated with chalk or charcoal. The pitman, or “donkey,” stood under the log, time after time pulling the saw down on its cutting stroke and helping to lift it back for the next pass.

    The transformation of a good-sized tree into planks was an arduous task that could take as long as an entire week. American builders and woodworkers used saw-pits to cut lumber on building sites, to cut heavy timbers, to saw boards of expensive wood, and to saw specially-shaped pieces that were either impossible to inconvenient to obtain from mills.


    This is the dating and studying of annual rings in trees. Through this technique the original wood from these historical buildings can be traced to a specific year.

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