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Crosscut Saw Fallers Art Print

This scene shows two fallers working on the last cut prior to "dropping: this large Douglas fir tree - it is called the back cut.

In the early days of logging all the work was done with hand tools. The fallers worked in pairs or sets. Falling (felling) saws were thin-bladed and ranged up to 16 feet in length. Each faller had his own springboard, about 6 feet long made of a vertical-grained 2"x 8" Douglas fir. A U-shaped steel plate, with a sharp upper lip, was bolted to one end of the springboard. When the weight of the faller was on his board the steel would bite into the solid wood of the spring board knotch in the tree. The springboard could then be moved by the faller to the right or left as needed.

In addition to narrow, double-bitted axes, each set of fallers would have a stedge, a sack of wedges and a bottle of saw oil (usually kerosene or coal oil) to keep the saw free from pitch.

Crosscut Saw Fallers Art Print
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