pit sawing

A traditional method for sawing logs manually into planks, superseded in Britain by mechanical handling and sawmilling but still in use in some parts of the world. A log was supported on rollers above a saw pit. The saw was worked by two men, one standing on top of the log, the other below in the pit.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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