Ship Saw in Action
Mary E shipwrights cut a frame futtock using the museum's ship saw. The saw was last used in the 1980s during the Apprenticeshop era, and was meticulously restored by museum volunteers over the winter of 2017. Circa early 20th century, the saw was manufactured by the L Power company of Philadelphia.
A ship saw differs from a traditional working bandsaw in that when cutting bevels on a piece of wood, the entire upper arbor tilts to the desired bevel, and the table stays flat. This allows large and heavy timbers to go through the saw on a flat surface.