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.

Picture1: Woodworkers crafting the famous Aruban ‘kwihi’ tables by hand (Postcard, ca. 1966)

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.

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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.

Picture 3: Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)
Picture 4: Edward Barnsley, 1945.

Edward Barnsley (1900-1987) was one of the most important British furniture makers of the 20th Century.

Picture 5: Edward Barnsley’s Workshop c.1936.
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Picture 7: ca. 1860-90s, A bearded carpenter or shipwright
Picture 8: Somewhere in Iran, 60 years ago
Picture 9: Photo by National Museum of Denmark on Flickr
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Picture 11: Old man using draw knife c1930 photoprint by Doris Ulmann overalls elderly
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Picture 14: Women’s Forestry Corps, UK 1918.
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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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Picture 21: Whipsawing for boatbuilding in Alaska, late 19th century
Picture 22: Two men whipsawing lumber, possibly at Bennett, British Columbia, ca. 1898
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A postcard of Chinese sawyers using frame saws around 1900. This method does not need a saw pit.

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This reprint of a vintage photograph shows a group of Loggers, with a saw, next to a fallen tree, Oregon in 1900.

Picture 25: An old photo of some early loggers in the 1800s
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Picture 35: Pitsaw being sharpened in the Amatole Mountain forests, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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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.

Picture 28: Egyptian carpenter 1898

Sawing Lumber in East Asia

One of the traditional Handicrafts of Japan, Japanese Carpentry is distinguished by its precision joinery techniques.

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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.

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Picture 31: Photo of a Japanese woodworker ca. 1870, from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

In China, as in Japan, there were interesting ways for sawing lumbers.

Picture 32: Somewhere in China
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Picture 34: French Postcard – A gang of sawyers in India c.1900

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.

Picture 36: Old Logging Road In Washington State
Picture 37: historic photos of loggers posing while at work in the field. …
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Picture 39: Vintage Redwood Sequoia Logging Photo Big Logs Humboldt, California
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Picture 45: California-Lumberjacks Cutting The Last Redwood Trees
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