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TITLE Joachim Thériault  Two-Man, Broad Belly, Crosscut, Bucking Saw
CLASS Lumber Cutting Tools
Family Joachim and Annie Thériault
DESCRIPTION The saw consists of a broad belly crosscut blade that is TBD inches wide at the widest and TBD inches long. The saw has 60 teeth. The tooth design is the 'perforated lance tooth' design which consists of groups of four alternately set cutters separated by an unset raker with gullets on each side. (See illustration below.) For many years the lance-tooth pattern was the standard for felling and bucking timber in the American West.

PROVENANCE This crosscut saw was purchased by Joachim around the 1920's who some time after, gave it to his son, Theodule (aka Theddy). Theodule used it in his days as a lumberjack (1931-1940) and then later when he was harvesting pulp wood from his land in Upper Frenchville, Maine about a mile west of the Ste Luce church.  He and his son, Ralph used it to cut trees down before the days of the chainsaw. . It currently is owned by a Great-grandson of Theodule.

Ralph remembers that using the saw was a little tricky. The technique that the two men had to use was that each had to pull on the saw... they never pushed on the saw, because if one man pushed, the saw would bind in the tree causing the other man to lose his balance and fall back. Ralph remembers that his father was not a very patient man, and since Ralph was young and inexperienced, after a few pulls on the saw, Ralph would tend to try to go faster by pushing on the saw which would cause the saw to bind. His father's reaction was never pleasant.
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