The woodworking machinery at the Highland Folk Museum

Another interesting thing at the joiners shop was the woodworking machinery, most of which seems to have been belt driven, either by means of water power, steam power, or hand power! A far cry from the modern workshop.

Belt driven table saw and bandsaw

The bandsaw is a three-wheel version, which doesn’t seem to be very common. It is marked as THE “STAR”, and made by Jonas Woodhead and Sons, of Leeds (manufacturer of ironwork, axles and springs for road vehicles). There doesn’t seem to be much information, but others have suggested these saws (hand cranked) were manufactured by Consett Iron Co., Ltd. (Consett, County Durham) in the late 19th century.

The “STAR” bandsaw

The post drill press is a hand-powered piece, the “Advance No.12”, made by Silver Manufacturing Co. of Salem Ohio. There was even a manual mortiser, which likely would have improved how quickly mortises could be made.

Were we more attune to what we built in earlier days, when we relied less on electrically powered machinery?

One thought on “The woodworking machinery at the Highland Folk Museum

  1. Salko Safic says:

    I’d like to think we were but the human race being what it is (profits driven) probably weren’t. I’ve seen on the Woodwright show a mortiser similar to the one shown in the picture. They work brilliantly and without much effort at all, I just don’t know what possessed them to come out with a powered version.

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