Disston saw works history book

It all began as one company in the mid1800s, a very successful saw business owned by british immigrant henry disston. A festival taking place in 2009 that pulls back the curtain on the citys most remarkable places and connects them to new people. Search the history of over 431 billion web pages on the internet. Henry disston began making saws in philadelphia in 1840. Disston manufactured a line of combination saws over the years with various numbering denotations.

Silcox is a long time board member of the historical society of frankford and a retired philadelphia area principal. Our mission here at vintage saws is to provide the highest quality saws of the 19th and 20th century to the woodworker and collector alike. These sketches are of a highly regarded factory in north philadelphia that made handsaws. Antique vtg disston 16 miter saw keystone saw works in good shape usa. History the disston saw works, founded by henry disston in 1840, was a company which had facilities in philadelphias kensington neighborhood and later moved to the neighborhood of tacony. The story of handsaws in the united states mirrors the technical and political development of steel.

No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Despite setbacks during his first decade in business, such as fires and the confiscation of his machinery in a rent dispute, disston built his company into the largest manufacturer of saws in the world. Unfollow disston file to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Get the best deals on disston collectible saws when you shop the largest online. As his business grew, he invested in its future by founding the enormous keystone saw works in 1850.

I have never seen this mark before, but the saw is obviously an early disston made saw. Encyclopedia of greater philadelphia saws and saw making. The rise and fall of americas mightiest saw works, unpublished manuscript, philadelphia, 1989. No dates are given by sources for the order date, but according to a place to live and work. Steel is the only metal which could withstand the manipulation and strains in the manufacture and use of saws. Go to hidden citys website to learn more and to go on tours yourself. Hamilton disston, an apprentice at the time of the civil war outbreak, was a charismatic and energetic young man who had made many friends and. Antique vtg disston 16 miter saw keystone saw works in good. In 1850, he founded the company that would become the largest sawmaker in the world. Philadelphia lippincotts press, 1874, by henry disston page images at hathitrust handbook for lumbermen philadelphia, pa.

The saw in history reprint by henry disston and sons and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The original site featured a series of scans taken from a 1914 edition of disstons the saw. My use of this site and its subsequent disappearance led to my decision to develop the institute. Fine tool journal summer 1998disston, the good, the. Disston saw works of philadelphia was one of the better known and highly regarded manufacturers of handsaws in the united states. To provide a safe, familycentered environment for his employees, henry and his wife, mary 182295, created the disston estate, a 158acre tract in tacony west of the industrial area that they designated as a residential community. The saw may have been lightly cleaned by a collector, but it essentially looks as found. Hamiltons father, henry, saw a need to keep ahead of the rest of the industry, and, as noted before, constructed his own rolling mill, an experimental sawmill and other smaller ventures near the family works. It documented an important moment in our technological history. Unfollow henry disston saws to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Disston came to america towards the end of the industrial revolution when factory life had been established as a result of an increase in machinery. Disston is listed as a saw and tool maker at 21 bread st. Yup, that d8 with 5 nuts was the best saw that disston made.

A rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the remarkable story of henry disstons saw manufacturing company and the factory town he built. Specializing in the sale of vintage, disston hand saws of all ages and styles. I often hear people talk about the quality of a certain saw based on the number of nuts that are used to attach the blade to the handle. In addition to writing a regular history column for the the northeast times, he is the author of six previous books including a place to live and work. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Some five years later, disston built a furnaceperhaps the first melting plant for steel in americaand began producing the first crucible saw steel ever made in the united states. Sharing his fathers patriotic spirit, hamilton wanted to enlist in the union army when president lincoln made an appeal for volunteers. The book provides a rare view of the rise of one of.

The book provides a rare view of the rise of one of americas largest and most powerful familyowned. All the saws that we sell are newly sharpened, properly set and ready to use right out of the box. Silcox overview a rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the remarkable story of henry disston s saw manufacturing company and the. The disston company was established in 1840 by henry disston as the disston saw works and initially only made saws. The henry disston saw works and the tacony community of philadelphia by harry c. The henry disston saw works and the tacony community of philadelphia, published by penn state press in 1994. An improvement over henry disstons patent, 70423, which was apparently put into use at the disston works and this patent reflect the experience with the earlier patent in use. Containing a treatise on the construction of saws and how to keep them in order. The book provides a rare view of the rise of one of americas largest and most powerful familyowned businesses, from its modest beginnings in 1840 to the 1940s, when disston products were known worldwide, to the sale and demise of the company in the. A rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the remarkable story of henry disston s saw manufacturing company and the factory town he built. Henry disstons management style and the accumulation of wealth, 18601878 4. The henry disston saw works and the tacony by harry c. Others copied the combination of sawsquareruler design but none came close to the beauty of the disston no.

Together with other information of kindred character. The henry disston saw works and the tacony community o. I recently finished it and found it very enjoyable. Hidden city philadelphia disston saw works scienceblogs. The real beginning of modern woodcutting types dated from the introduction of the powermill. The henry disston saw works and the tacony community of philadelphia book online at best prices in india on. The book provides a rare view of the rise of one of americas largest and most powerful familyowned businesses, from its modest beginnings in 1840 to the.

Blade is of disston steel, with the disston temper hard and tough. Silcox, four tanks were built in 1938 and delivered in 1939 because of security concerns. However, this factory at new state road south of the knorr street gate is a shell of the once mighty disston and sons keystone saw works. A rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the remarkable story of henry. In 1855 he cast the first crucible saw steel ever made in america. Maybe the book is a fascinating study of social engineering or a historical. I have used them since 1965, throughout my life as a working craftsman, that means most days. I would concur on the entertainment and educational value of that book.

Silcox overview a rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the remarkable story of henry disstons saw manufacturing company and the. Jun 24, 2016 disston saw works of philadelphia was one of the better known and highly regarded manufacturers of handsaws in the united states. The disston saw works in tacony grew to be an enormous, sprawling complex. Dating a disston backsaw hand tool journeya woodworking. Construction on disstons new saw works began in 1872 and by 1876, disston was also building a large number of houses for employees to rent or purchase and contributing funds and materials for the building of schools and churches. Also includes is an insurance ledger from the estate of.

The medallions on disston saws give the most accurate indication of manufacturing dates for handsaws, panel saws, and backsaws. An improvement over henry disston s patent, 70423, which was apparently put into use at the disston works and this patent reflect the experience with the earlier patent in use. Sa18101 reliance saw co, philada this is a 14 back saw with a mark that is recorded in erwin schaffers book, but with no info. While the d8 is a good saw, it certainly is not the best. Booklet describing some disston products as well as the use and care of their saws. It truly captured the scope, awe, sheer physicality, and technological achievement that was and is the disston saw works. Get the best deals on disston collectible saws when you shop the largest online selection at. The source for this claim is cited in the book, but due to an issue with obtaining a print copy of. My copy of the publication is the 1918 edition, so it is. Jun 08, 2009 hamilton disston, an apprentice at the time of the civil war outbreak, was a charismatic and energetic young man who had made many friends and acquaintances in his short time at the saw works. The book provides a rare view of the rise of one of americas largest. Places in the city that are usually closed to the citizens were opened to the viewing public.

Containing a treatise on the construction of saws, and how to keep them in order, together with other information of kindred character philadelphia. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Disston s first employee, david bickley, reported in an 1890 interview that disston made no saws at all for the first two years of work in three locations, arch street, third st. The invention of steel was a powerful stimulant in the development of the saw. A rich history of the unique relationship between life and work in an american factory town from 1840 to 1984, a place to live and work tells the. Jul 08, 2009 it truly captured the scope, awe, sheer physicality, and technological achievement that was and is the disston saw works. Disston saw works was a utopia of the working class. Henry disston founds a business and a community, 18191878 2. Paternalism and nineteenthcentury tacony, 18721900 3. The material has disappeared from the web twice, so i have scanned the book and uploaded it myself. Disston saw works of philadelphia was one of the better known and highly regarded. The disston family also had investments other than their own sawworks. Disston created a unique company town around his saw works and joined other. This publication was produced from a professional scan of an original edition of the book, which can include imperfections from the original book or through the scanning process, and has been created from an edition which we consider to be of the best possible quality available.

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