It became clear by the earlier part of the 20th century that something had to be done on a national level, lest we lose our most valuable physical, cultural, and emotional resource - our timber and our wilderness. Conservation became the new watchword as more and more land was added to a new creation - the U.S. National Forests.
Forests created for, and owned by the American People.
In this earlier era, the crosscut saw was the best and most efficient way to fall and dismantle large timber, using human power to clear entire forests. What began on the homestead became the logging camp.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine started acquiring crosscuts and their various sharpening tools. I became curious. After an invitation to help cut out trails in the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon, I became hooked. Cutting with a crosscut is a lot of work, but very satisfying.
Trail Advocate and historian Donovan clearing the Wildcat Trail
Trail Advocate and historian Don (where do they find these guys?) at work
My turn. You can almost hear the "zing!"
Yes, it became clear that crosscuts were the thing for me. I am drawn to quality infused objects, and tools especially. In an earlier era, things were simply made better. Crosscuts are no exception with their complex tooth pattern, delicate arcs, and special surface grinding. I began searching online and local antique stores, but it became clear that good quality 70+ year old saws were hard to find, not to mention their special sharpening tools. But dear reader, luck was on my side. A fellow Bus Pilot near Seattle heard of my search, and he freely offered (for the cost of postage) 3 old saws that had been rusting away in the rafters since he purchased his house years earlier.
Their only known history from the previous occupants is as follows: