Sawing Wood, Any Way You Can

| 11/2/2015 8:40:00 AM

Tags: December/January 2016, Field Notes, Flywheel Forum,

car buzz saw

Regular contributor David Babcock sent in two great photographs showing how wood was cut back in the day. The first photo shows a car (possibly a Dodge, judging by the shape of the rear fender where it meets the running board) powering a buzz saw, with the car on blocks and a belt running, it appears, from the inside of the left rear wheel to the saw. The second photo shows a family sawing winter wood. David identifies the engine as an early Galloway.

David Babcock; 3491 E. Deckerville Rd., Cass City, MI 48726

Sawing wood

12/15/2015 4:29:25 PM

My Grandpa, my Dad, my school age brother, and myself used to take our 8/9N Ford with a buzz saw attached to the 3 point into the timber on week-ends to make wood. We used a 2-man crosscut saw to fell trees, trim them with a double bladed ax and saw them. Pick up was near by to load the wood into and haul it to the house. Green wood burned OK for us. We preferred southeast Kansas hackberry. Good memories. Thanks.