July 28, 1999
RIVIÈRE-DU-NORD (CNB) - The Village Historique Acadien held a demonstration of traditional woodcutting methods in front of the carpentry shop earlier in the week.
Since today's sophisticated tools were not available back then, trees were transformed into building materials with the aid of manual tools, requiring the presence of several men working flat out.
First, an axe was used to chop down the number of trees needed for the project. It was not until the 1880s that the large crosscut saw made its appearance, replacing the axe for certain functions.
To make wooden planks, the Acadians used a long handsaw known as the pit saw. It was only in the second half of the 19th century that planks began to be produced using a circular saw. In order to square off logs for use as structural members, the woodcutters relied solely on the side axe.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sylvain Godin, chief historian, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600.