Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
Saw Mill
La vie de pionnier dans le Haut-Canada

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A saw mill would be built by the pioneers as soon as possible. It provided lumber to construct all the other buildings of a village. The person who worked in the saw mill was called a sawyer.

 


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Before the saw mill was built, logs had to be cut and shaped using hand saws and axes.
The smaller axe was used to cut down trees.
The two person saw is called a "buck" or crosscut saw and was used to cut logs into pieces that would fit into wood-burning stoves.
The large axe is called a broad axe was used to hew round logs into square timbers for buildings.

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