I got a nice note today, that I decided to post here…Maurice Pommier sent these words, and even better, this drawing:
Thank you for your blog, BRAVO!!! It’s fine job! I am french, my english is not good, so I drawn a little picture, it’s better way(perhaps!) to say.
Have a good day!”
Thank you, Maurice. Nice sketch. I have seen this sort of sawing in photographs before. there is no way to tell if the English did this in the seventeenth century. There are few depictions of English tradesmen from that time. There are documents making reference to “sawpits” – quite commonly. I would guess that sawing on trestles might be a part of shipbuilding in the 1600s…