- May 18, 2006
Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions and comments.
He's adamantly against any type of electric or gas saw. For several years now, the kid has been grinding his own coffee on the 1880-something grinder I got him, sharpening pencils with a knife, mixing his own woodstains, etc. When he watches YouTube clips, it's of log cabins being built by hand, someone restoring a wooden loom, etc. I don't think that this is a primitivist fad, either. He's always been fascinated by history, earning one's warmth and food through work, pioneers' struggles, etc. His buddies would be zapping gizmos, and he'd be asking me what wood a hammer's handle was made out of, how a steam engine worked, etc. Now that he's 16 he's going to do volunteer work at a nearby historical site with "actual people" building the chimneys, churning the butter, etc.
He's also seriously strong, and habitually burns off frustration or boredom by sweating out a project. Saw dust means success to him.
So I think we'll go with a big bucksaw (w/ extra blades). Any ideas on particularly sturdy types/brands?
Sounds like me when I was 16. I have a Husqvarna 359 now.