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Forum topic by Planeman40 posted 05-07-2018 05:45 PM 576 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2018 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saws

Interesting reading:

This is for all of you “back in history” woodworkers. Ron Aylor note!

Archaeologist Experiments With Possible Bronze Age Saw

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA—Science News reports that archaeologist Nicholas Blackwell of Indiana University built a pendulum saw to test stone-cutting techniques that may have been employed by Mycenaean builders, beginning about 3,300 years ago. Distinctive, curved cuts have been found in the hard stone conglomerate at Mycenaean palaces, and scholars have surmised that they were made with some kind of swinging blade, but no ancient blades or evidence for pendulum saws have been found to date.

No reason this wouldn’t work with wood saws.

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 06:03 PM

Ask my MIL how they did it, she was the grandmother of the guy who invented it.

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 07:34 PM

WOW … this looking like something found in my  shop! Great post, Rufus … thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 12:43 AM

That’s a really cool experiment. Really neat to see it in use in the video on the Science News site linked from the article.

-- Elroy

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