"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Chain Saws

The Hicks knife project continues apace. I forged the blade a few days ago and will give a progress report in a few days.
In the meantime, in the driveway, I've got four cords of Doug fir and Ponderosa pine lily pads (log offcuts for those who don't live in timber country). That's what is, at present, taking up all my time, energy and piece of mind. The good news is that the little woman authorized the purchase of a new saw. I would have cheaped out and done that which I always do: buy an antique and fight with it, but she insisted we spend the long dollar.
Thus I have the first new saw of my life, a Husqvarna 455 Rancher. Woo-hoo. I'll not post any glam shots of it as I'm sure the Huskie marketing department has me beat on that account. I did however find myself waxing nostalgic over past back-breakers. My first was a "Holiday". Great name for a saw or what. It was a Canadian version of a Pioneer that dated from the Kennedy administration. Not a lot of power but plenty heavy. Next was a 1970's Stihl which was a nice rugged saw that I bought used and worked the hell out of for ten years. I also buried, in the past year, a Porter-Cable electric chain saw from around 1960 that my dad bought at a garage sale for $10. I put a $15 sprocket on it and ran it for almost thirty years until it came apart into two pieces (literally) about six months ago.
Anyway, in the spirit of the overweight, under-powered power saw, as the loggers say, here are some pictures gleaned from the web. At the top is a saw made by The Power Machine Manufacturing Co of Vancouver, BC. I'm sure I don't miss never having used this one.
Next is a saw called a "David Bradley". I have no idea who he was but one of the pictures showed the name Fairbanks-Morse on the bar. Also original paint, except maybe the orange. Very cool.
The father of one of my buddies in grade school owned one of Missoula's saw shops and the next picture is a matchbook from same, circa 1965; followed by a photo of a Homelite that looks to be the one pictured. And lastly another Homelite, this one of a vintage before all-position carburetors where the carb could be rotated ninety degrees for felling. I was truly a simpler time.

1 comment:

Derek Stamps said...

Wow!What a wonderfull pic of this saw!I have what I think is a display or demo of this saw...Evry part in the saw has a portion cut out of it so you can see it work.Including the cylinder and piston!It is attached to a piece of wood..like the bottom of a display case.I would love to know what this rare item could be worth!

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