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Subject: Re: [nz] the sawyer debate
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:21:03 +1200
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Quoting Nivard Ovington <>:

At the risk of prolonguing a 'dead' issue, there are many references
to 'Sawyer' as an occupation the early jury lists of New Zealand. Given the
amount of native forest which was cleared in those early days, it is hardly
surprising that experienced men would be highly sought after by those bringing
out settlers.

Regards, Patsy

> Hi Nyle
> A sawyer could be a man working on his own or working for a Saw Mill owner
> (the Saw Mill owner could also be called a Sawyer)
> Either way his primary occupation was taking felled trees and
> converting them into usable timber for
> furniture, building etc
> It was never a term for a Carpenter who would be apprenticed and time
> served, before becoming a
> Journeyman, then Master
> A carpenter was a much more skilled trade than a sawyer
> Nivard Ovington in Cornwall (UK)

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