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The Two-Man Crosscut Saw – A Historical Remain Left By the British Bay Men in Belize

6 February 2012 No Comment

Two-Man Crosscut Saw

Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Two-man Crosscut Saw.

The Two-Man Crosscut Saw came into sight by the Romans but it was until the middle of the 15th Century that it was used as a tool across Europe and its major function was for cross cutting of large logs by wealthy logwood owners.

Primarily popular in Colonial America, it is not a surprise that many of these European remnants remained in Belize, a former British colony.

The photograph displayed above, shows three “Tuttle Tooth” Two-Man Crosscut Saws that are presently exhibited at Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre. Many fascinating historical remains are also showcased at our Museum that were used by the British Bay Men over 300 years ago.

Although scarcely found today, these historical tools can still be a quick and efficient method of cutting a tree or cutting a pile of firewood on a chilly night. All you need are two men on either side of the large bark to cut the tree while working in a pulling direction.

Photo taken by Naturalist Guide: Meshack Eliah

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