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This is a photo of a crosscut saw common in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was an important tool for felling trees. During winter months, when farmers had fewer chores, they would cut timber on the land and sell it. go Most farmers at this time, including PA farmers, had their own woodlots. In a letter Agnes Graham sent to her brother, she writes that he needed to cut logs and rail timbers on her land. It is likely either this saw or the buck saw was used for cutting that wood. Sources: The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, PA: Graham Collection Letter 1 (GC1); Antique Tool Historian Ron Barlow; Gates, Paul W. The Impact of the Civil War: Agriculture and the Civil War. Ed. Nevins, Allan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, 1965. Print. ; Fletcher, Whitcomb W. Pennsylvania Agriculture and Country Life 1840-1940. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1955. Print.
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agricultural implements, United States, 19th century
"Crosscut Saw" (2019). Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Civil War. 22.
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