My great grandfather built my cottage. Other than this fact, I don't know much more about him. I imagine that he was a simpler man. A more resourceful man. A man that need not rely on the ease of power tools and the effortlessness that they provide. I imagine that he could build anything with his hands... actually though.
Being a modern day builder, I find it very important to strike a balance between traditional and contemporary approaches. Not only is this important in terms of preservation, but sometimes it really is better to do things the old fashioned way.
I recently took the opportunity to use my great grandfather's saw to cut a log into slices for a project I'm working on for a client. I could have easily cut this log into slices using a chain saw, but this saw actually cuts straighter and has much more control. Also, I wanted to pay homage to the traditional way of cutting wood.
Check out the video below: