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Chainsaws: A History
Chainsaws: A History | David Lee
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Winner of the 2007 Award for Best Non-Fiction Book from Arts HamiltonWinner of US Magazine Independent Publisher's IPPY Award for Best Western Canadian Regional Title"It rips, and cuts, it makes a horrible racket--a chainsaw is a frightening thing. I write not to glorify its terrible power but to acknowledge its place in the most sweeping revolution that technology has wrought in the 20th century--the revolution of individual empowerment."So begins author David Lee in this first-ever book on the worldwide history of the chainsaw, an invention that transformed the forest industry and eventually became the indispensable companion of every red-blooded country dweller. Chainsaws, it turns out, have a curious history and since the 19th century they have taken on many forms. From 600-pound steam-powered behemoths to gas chainsaws mounted on wheeled carriages to diesel chainsaws and electric chainsaws with portable generators, this book musters a curious collection of contraptions and inventors the like of which we haven't seen since Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Carefully tracing the evolutionary threads of countless short-lived pioneer devices, author Lee, working together with a worldwide network of chainsaw buffs, traces the roaring, woodchip-and-oil-sprayed progress of what is now a lightweight modern machine that holds a place of honour in the world's woodsheds.Chainsaws is a handsome gift book full of wonderful old and new photos along with priceless chainsaw ephemera that will warm the heart of anyone who's ever held a power tool. From Andreas Stihl's Black Forest experiments to Vancouver's booming WWII chainsaw industry, to the postwar race to develop one-man saws, the rise and fall of Canada's proud Pioneer brand, and the late entry into the field of the centuries-old arms manufacturer Husqvarna, it examines why the chainsaw is no good for massacres (in Texas or elsewhere), and why it is unlikely to replaced by any new high-tech inventions such as lasers.
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Ericmanciniwriter
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Had to steal this from a friend's wall.

Mine is: Orphan Master's Son with a Chainsaw.

Like that book could be any darker

DrexEdit Agree! Orphan masters son doesn't need chainsaws to get dark! Mine would be Lipstick Jihad with A Chainsaw! 😨😂 2y
Hollie Mine would be "all the rage with a chainsaw"! 2y
britt_brooke Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim with a Chainsaw .... ouch! 2y
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batsy We Have Always Lived in the Castle with a Chainsaw. 2y
dariazeoli The Return of the King with a Chainshaw 2y
BookishBlonde12 Extraordinary Means with a Chainsaw...it's fits! Lol 2y
wingedsnails Falling Over Sideways with a Chainsaw 2y
LibrarianRyan Zom-b with a chainsaw. 2y
JacintaMCarter Bang with a Chainsaw. That just seems extremely dangerous. 2y
Balibee146 Nod with a chainsaw 2y
LiteraryinLititz Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore with a Chainsaw... 2y
Booknerd2 The Mapping of Love and Death with a Chainsaw 😬 2y
TheLibrarian The Visitors with a Chainsaw 2y
Laura317 We Have Always Lived in the Castle with a Chainsaw. 2y
jfalkens Song of Sorcery with a chainsaw 2y
Dragon Thick as Thieves with a chainsaw 🐉 2y
Peddler410 Restart with a chainsaw 2y
Smrloomis The Queen of the Tearling with a Chainsaw 👍🏽 2y
minkyb The Scarred Woman with a Chainsaw 2y
Ericmanciniwriter @JacintaMCarter 😂😂 that cracked me up 2y
Ericmanciniwriter @Laura317 I think yours is my favorite! 2y
Suet624 Pretend I'm Not Here with a Chainsaw. OMG! How perfect is that? 2y
Ericmanciniwriter @Suet624 wow that might be the new best one! 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Hah?. This is too perfect not to share.
The last book I finished is "Police... With a Chainsaw!"
The book I'm currently reading is "The Child ... With a Chainsaw!"

Have fun!

#withachainsaw

erinreads "A Complicated Kindness With a Chainsaw" ???? 2y
Clwojick Confessions of a Domestic Failure.... With a Chainsaw. 2y
jfalkens Monster Hunter International with a chainsaw 2y
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Jess7 Same here @Clwojick too funny 2y
collegecatlady Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them... with a chainsaw 😂 2y
Lexeegee Dangerous...with a chainsaw. 2y
Varshitha A Court of Thorns and Roses.. with a chainsaw😂😁 2y
llwheeler What's Left of Me with a chainsaw 😕 2y
Gezemice Secondhand Souls With A Chainsaw. That actually works - I would read that. 2y
Gezemice @llwheeler 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
HippieChickHomeschool Rabbit Cake with a chainsaw.... Talk about over kill 😂 2y
rubyslippersreads The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ... with seven chainsaws! 😂 2y
Smangela Last read - the life-changing magic of tidying up with a chainsaw.... that is one way to do it 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2y
Sweettartlaura @erinreads Oh THAT sounds fascinating 😮😜 2y
Sweettartlaura @Clwojick Ummm... That sounds like my efforts at housekeeping 👀 2y
Sweettartlaura @jfalkens THAT could be a reality show😂 2y
Sweettartlaura @Lexeegee & @Gezemice Those both work🙌🏻 2y
Sweettartlaura @collegecatlady Sounds like a class at Hogwarts 😜 2y
Sweettartlaura @Varshitha A re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, perhaps? 😏 2y
Sweettartlaura @llwheeler That sounds like soul-wrenching poetry 😮 2y
Sweettartlaura @HippieChickHomeschool & @rubyslippersreads Love them both❤️❤️😊! 2y
Sweettartlaura Ok, @Smangela ... YOU WIN!!!🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻😂😂😂 2y
Smangela @Sweettartlaura hahaha it was just too perfect 2y
MinDea Before I Fall with a chainsaw. Hahah! 2y
HippieChickHomeschool @Smangela That is so perfect! I've wanted to take a chainsaw to a messy room before, that's for sure! 😂 2y
jfalkens @Sweettartlaura I thought so too 😂😂 2y
Cupofjo The girl with all the gifts.. with a chainsaw 😂 book I'm reading now: cuckoos calling.. with a chainsaw 😂 2y
Bookzombie If You Could Be Mine...with a chainsaw 😂 2y
robinb White Hot...with a chainsaw! 🔥😂 2y
GarthRanzz Pride and Prejudice...with a chainsaw! 2y
readordierachel We Are Never Meeting in Real Life with a chainsaw 😂 2y
Sweettartlaura @MinDea @Cupofjo Those are great 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Sweettartlaura @Bookzombie Oooh😱. Sounds like an 80s horror flick😮 2y
Sweettartlaura Ok, @ReadOrDieRachel now you're threatening @Smangela & her top place honors 😜😂 2y
Sweettartlaura @robinb That sounds like pulp fiction at its finest😂😂🙌🏻 2y
Godmotherx5 The Dinner ... with a chainsaw 2y
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Vexingcircumstance
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Cause Halloween and stuff. #chainsaws #Halloween #death #dismemberment #gore #allofthethings #morbid

Mind sounds like a terrorist threat so I'm hesitant to post it....

Arcana I Capture the Castle...With a Chainsaw 🤔 3y
WanderingBookaneer What We Left Behind with a Chainsaw 3y
TrishB The Mothers with a chainsaw 😄😄 3y
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DuckOfDoom Fortunately, the Milk with a Chainsaw 3y
Shan-nana Ghosts with a chainsaw. 3y
gatogirl5 Vicious with a chainsaw. That actually works well, ha! 3y
rubyslippersreads Traveling With Your Octopus With a Chainsaw (or maybe 8 chainsaws? 🐙😄) 3y
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