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.
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 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?