Historic Technology

Our hope is that this website will be useful not only as a source of information on the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill, but on the technology and history of sash sawmills more generally.  Some of the information we have collated is available on the pages listed under Historic Technology and Library.  We intend to continue to build the site with additional information as we learn more about sash sawmill blades, the practice of operating a sash sawmill (as exemplified by the Ledyard mill), and other sash sawmill-related topics.  We hope this will be of general interest to anyone interested in historic technology and sawmills, but also more specific practical interest to the (small) community of museum staff, mill volunteers and enthusiasts involved with the few sash sawmills still operating (both original and reproduction).