Re: [MedievalSawdust] Are bow saws are medieval?
- By "bow-saw" I'm assuming you mean a saw whose blade is held in tension
by a single piece of wood bent in an arc.
I've only seen two examples in medieval Europe. One is in Kolchin
(n.b.) and is based on his excavations of 10-11th century Novgorod. The
other is in a 1461 ms. illustration reproduced in Binding (n.b.). It
looks like they existed but they're far outnumbered in contemporary
illos by frame saws and "sword" type untensioned saws.
KOLCHIN, B.A. _Wooden Artefacts from Medieval Novgorod_, BAR
International Series, vol. 495. Oxford: B.A.R., 1989. (also reproduced
in GOODMAN, W.L. _The History of Woodworking Tools_. London: G. Bell and
BINDING, Günter. _Der mittelalterliche Baubetrieb in zeitgenössischen
Abbildungen_. Stuttgart: Theiss Verlag, 2001. (ill. 121 cited as:
Brussels, Bib. Royale, Ms. IV 106, fol. 49v. Ludolphe de Saxe, Vitae
> I never seen historical sources showing, what we call, a bow-saw. I
> never seen any illumination showing this tools. My question is:
> Does anybody can confirm to me that bow saws are from the medieval
> period. If not, when they appear in history?
> Jean D'Irlande