Dating historic lumber

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Sash-sawn boards are easily distinguished from the arcing saw marks on wood sawn by a circular sawmill.

We have been told by many neighbors of the Ledyard Sawmill that such marks can be seen on the lumber in their homes.

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The saw marks on an old piece of lumber can give information about the type of mill that was used, but using the marks for dating the board needs to be done with great caution since periods in which different types of sawmills were used overlap by many decades in New England and elsewhere.

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Here in the southeast corner of Connecticut not far from Ledyard, the diary of Joshua Hempstead of New London, Connecticut mentions “saw pitts” in 1741, but also mentions sawmills as early as 1718 (and there is documentary evidence that the first sawmill in the New London area was built in the 1650s)on an Up-down (Sash-type) sawmill have straight saw marks at a right angle to the length of the board.

A UNIQUE PRODUCT AND SUSTAINABLE PROCESS Once recovered from the lake by local divers, Flathead Lake Historic Timber is milled by Hunts Timbers in St. The Hunt family knows that each log, some dating back to 1535, has a story, giving each recovered board an irreplaceable personality.

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