|Object Name||Saw, Hand Ice|
|Used||Little Tupper Lake, Raquette Lake|
|Description||Hand ice saw, or Field saw with wooden case, used to cut blocks of ice, following the groove made by the plow. 4.5-foot steel blade with a curved, wrought iron handle that ends in a reversible wooden handle. The wooden handle, which is mounted vertically, can also be mounted horizontally according to user's preference. The blade has 28 large triangular teeth, which diminish in size from back to front; the largest is 1.75". Adjacent teeth are beveled on opposing faces. No maker's marks found. Wooden case (b) with leather strap and metal buckle, possibly originally for a wider blade like that of an ice marker or ice plow. Used on Reaquette Lake and/or Little Tupper Lake.|
The hand ice saw was used to cut sheets or blocks of ice, following the plow groove. Blocks could also be cut entirely by saw, after a hole was chopped in the ice, but this was not the preferred method. Saws were available from a variety of manufacturers, came in 4', 4.5', 5' and 5.5' lengths, and were sold with and without cases.
Reference: 1925 Gifford-Wood Co. Catalog No. 1026N, p. 31.
|Dimensions||H-18 W-2 L-71.5 inches|
|Collection||CIIH010 Ice Harvesting|
|Other number||AM 0863|
|Species||Saw, Hand Ice|
|Owned by||Whitney Industries|