I spent the day with Richard Devaney at the Saxon village at Escot house in Devon. He was hosting an APT local group get together. As he is recreating Saxon life he does not do saws and hates it when others leave the evidence of the saw in the material.
Not using a saw means that wood has a very different end cut to it. This end cut is usually very tactile, visually appealing and organic in its form. I will have to try working without a saw more.
Detail of diagonal supports on a pole lathe
Above and below, the worn and polished poppet heads
Ends can be rough and ready or rounded off
Pole lathe with a new bed and legs
Roof of one of the open barns
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