Pit Sawn Oak

A sawpit is a pit over which lumber is positioned to be sawn with a long two-handled saw by two men, one standing above the timber and the other below. It was used for producing sawn planks from tree trunks, which could then be cut down into boards, pales and posts. Many towns, villages and country estates had their own sawpits. The greatest user of sawn timber in past centuries was the shipbuilding industry.