Chainsaws: A History

December 1, 2006|
Chainsaws: A History by David Lee
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"It rips, and cuts, it makes a horrible racket-a chainsaw is a frightening thing. I write not to glorify its terrible power but to acknowledge its place in the most sweeping revolution that technology has wrought in the 20th century-the revolution of individual empowerment."

So begins author David Lee in this first-ever book on the worldwide history of the chainsaw, an invention that transformed the forest industry and eventually became the indispensable companion of every red-blooded country dweller. Chainsaws, it turns out, have a curious history and since the 19th century they have taken on many forms. From 600-pound steam-powered behemoths to gas chainsaws mounted on wheeled carriages to diesel chainsaws and electric chainsaws with portable generators, this book musters a curious collection of contraptions and inventors the like of which we haven''t seen since Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Carefully tracing the evolutionary threads of countless short-lived pioneer devices, author Lee, working together with a worldwide network of chainsaw buffs, traces the roaring, woodchip-and-oil-sprayed progress of what is now a lightweight modern machine that holds a place of honour in the world''s woodsheds.

Chainsaws is a handsome gift book full of wonderful old and new photos along with priceless chainsaw ephemera that will warm the heart of anyone who''s ever held a power tool. From Andreas Stihl''s Black Forest experiments to Vancouver''s booming WWII chainsaw industry, to the postwar race to develop one-man saws, the rise and fall of Canada''s proud Pioneer brand, and the late entry into the field of the centuries-old arms manufacturer Husqvarna, it examines why the chainsaw is no good for massacres (in Texas or elsewhere), and why it is unlikely to be replaced by any new high-tech inventions such as lasers.

David Lee’s books range from Four-Wheeling on Southern Vancouver Island (Harbour Publishing, 1997), a guide to the island’s rugged back roads, to Commander Zero (Tightrope Books, 2012), a novel set on the BC coast. His other books include Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Véhicule Press, 1998) ...
Title:Chainsaws: A History
Product dimensions:216 pages, 10 X 11 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 10 X 11 X 0.5 in
Published:December 1, 2006
Publisher:Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550173802

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