Chainsaws : A History by David Lee (2006, Hardcover, Unabridged)

Chainsaws : A History by David Lee (2006, Hardcover, Unabridged)

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Publication Year: 2006
Subject: Books on Collecting

Language: English
Topic: General Price Guides

Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781550173802

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Synopsis
"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 world-wide 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 havent 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 world-wide 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 worlds woodsheds. This is a handsome gift book full of wonderful old and new photos along with priceless chainsaw ephemera that will warm the heart of anyone whos ever held a power tool. From Andreas Stihls Black Forest experiments to Vancouvers booming World War II chainsaw industry, to the post-war race to develop one-man saws, the rise and fall of Canadas 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., Winner of the 2007 Award for Best Non-Fiction Book from Arts Hamilton Winner 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.

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 1550173804
ISBN-13 9781550173802
Key Details
Author David Lee
Number Of Pages 216 pages
Edition Description Unabridged
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2006-12-01
Language English
Publisher Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication Year 2006
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2006
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions
Weight 52.2 Oz
Height 0.5 In.
Width 11 In.
Length 10 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Classification Method
Dewey Decimal 621.9/3
Dewey Edition 22
Table Of Content
Table Of Content Introduction; The Early Years; Germany Takes the Lead; World War II and its Effects; Emerging from War; The Industry Expands; The Twenty-first Century; Chainsaw History: A Timeline; Collectors Corner; Index.
Reviews
Reviews "In the story of the ongoing struggle between man and nature (not to mention between man and man), the chainsaw makes for a surprisingly colourful chapter." --Stephen Knight, Quill & Quire, "This book fills a gap in recording the history of the chainsaw - its purchase will answer many questiona nyone even remotely interested in chainsaws never considered asking, and for the chainsaw enthusiast it will probably be the only book they ever need, or indeed be able to find." -- Vintage Tractor August 2009

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