Woodworkers of the past were proud of their skills and tools; All over the world woodworkers were usually willing to pose for a picture. Today there are some really cool old woodworking photos out there for us to enjoy.
This post is a collection of photos of lumberjacks, woodworkers, carpenters, and loggers collected from all over the world, from the United States and Canada to East Asia. All pictures are vintage and pertain to woodworking or related trades. Most of these photos were taken over 100 years ago.
Exact information about the history of these photos is not available. But the story of some of the photos is clear, which we have mentioned below each picture.
Part 1: Old Photos of Woodworkers
In the first part, you will see old photos of famous and unknown woodworkers in different countries, which we think is very interesting. They like to show their tools in the photo like their huge saws.
The picture above (Picture 2) taken in the early 1930s shows Constantin Brancusi (Romanian Modernist Sculptor) at work in his Paris studio. Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) was a Romanian sculptor who became a French citizen shortly before his death. He was one of the most important and influential sculptors of the 20th century.
Edward Barnsley (1900-1987) was one of the most important British furniture makers of the 20th Century.
Part 2: Old Photo of Sawing Lumber in the World
Sawing lumber was done in different ways across different countries. In this part, you will see interesting pictures from all over the world.
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A postcard of Chinese sawyers using frame saws around 1900. This method does not need a saw pit.
This reprint of a vintage photograph shows a group of Loggers, with a saw, next to a fallen tree, Oregon in 1900.
There is significant evidence of advanced woodworking in ancient Egypt. The picture above (Picture 27) shows how sawing lumber was in ancient Egypt. Woodworking is depicted in many extant ancient Egyptian drawings, and a considerable amount of ancient Egyptian furniture has been preserved. Tombs represent a large collection of these artifacts and the inner coffins found in the tombs were also made of wood.
Sawing Lumber in East Asia
One of the traditional Handicrafts of Japan, Japanese Carpentry is distinguished by its precision joinery techniques.
Whipsawing has an important place in Japanese carpentry. The ingenious Japanese joinery techniques that are utilized in the building of every wooden structure, from temples to houses and cabinetry is distinguished by its unique interlocking systems.
These structures connect wood through complex and self-sustaining joints, in which no steel hardware such as nails or bolts were utilized at all, only wooden pegs.
See wood joints without nails.
In China, as in Japan, there were interesting ways for sawing lumbers.
Part 3: Old Photos of Lumberjacks in the US and Canada
Lumberjacks are mostly North American workers in the logging industry who perform the initial harvesting and transport of trees for ultimate processing into forest products. In this part, you will see old photos of Lumberjacks in the United States and Canada.