The Evolution of Sawing Tools

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Just like running which became a sport 2,700 years ago, saws also have a history.

When we hear the word “saws,” each of us might imagine different objects. Old schoolers might think of the good ol’ handsaw, while millennials might think about the jigsaw and other modern saws.

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Whatever it is that we first imagine, all of them are still the same—they’re all sawing tools for cutting.

But what’s the history behind these handyman tools anyway? Let’s find out.

Backstory

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It was around 3,100 to 2,686 B.C., in the Early Dynastic Period when saws were used. They were first used in Egypt and were serrated materials back then. They didn’t have fancy handles and features like what our saws are now. Before, saws referred to flint, obsidian, shark teeth, and seashells. The unframed or open saws were made of hardened copper.

Copper saws were popular tools around the 31st century B.C., which is why a lot of them were found in tombs. Their use, however, didn’t change. After all, they are still used to cut different materials even up to this very day. Horrifyingly, though, it was even utilized to kill humans. There was a thing called “death by sawing” before, and fortunately, we don’t have that now.

Various saws made its way to this era thanks to Egypt’s literature. Saws were famously drawn in tomb walls along with the carpenters that use them. They also had different types and sizes. Saws were used to cut both pull and push motions, and as they progressed, their teeth became raked and could only slash on the pull movement.

Not long after, iron and bronze replaced copper as the material used to build saws. Frame saws entered the picture in the Iron Age, and the saws began holding thin blades in tension.

In the 3rd century A.D., the first sawmill was built; it was the Roman Hierapolis Sawmill.

However, the history of saws doesn’t have only one version. Greeks below they were created by Talos, the nephew of Daedalus, as told by Ovid. The Chines, on the other hand, believe that Lu Ban was the inventor of the tool.

Uses

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Regardless of the backstory, what’s important is that saws are still beneficial to humans up to now. Just like any other tool, they were also developed and tailored with new features to make cutting easier. Today, saws could still cut through plastic, wood, and metal. They’re profoundly used in hunting, forestry, demolition, construction, and medicine. They’re also significant in number, as there is a different type of saw for a specific job nowadays. For instance, pole saws are for trimming branches, vines, and shrubs. But then you turn to a jigsaw when you need to make a complicated curve or an odd shape out of wood. Band saws are perfect for cutting through tubes and pipes, and chainsaws are perfect for any tree-related task. Whatever the name is, though, it’s still used for cutting, and it’s still a useful tool for human beings.

Running Books for a Runner’s Reading List

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Millions of people are into running. And to see the number of participants in some of the world’s most prestigious marathon events will make you think what it is about running that makes it addictive. Runners may have different motivations for doing what they do. But they share a common trait which is the passion that drives them to do it over and over again. Whether you are thinking of taking up the activity or looking for information or stories about the topic, here are some of the greatest books worth reading. From information on best nutrition for runners to inspiring tales of transformations, these books offer plenty of wisdom and lessons about running.

Eat And Run: My Unlikely Journey To Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek

“The longer and farther I ran, the more I realized that what I was often chasing was a state of mind–a place where worries that seemed monumental melted away, where the beauty and timelessness of the universe, of the present moment, came into sharp focus.”

Training Food: Get The Fuel You Need To Achieve Your Goals Before During And After Exercise by Renee McGregor
This sports nutrition book provides information, tips, practical guides, and more than a hundred delicious recipes to help you to fuel up for training.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent, you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”

Why We Run by Robin Harvie

“We run to bring depth to our everyday lives, not the other way around.”

12 of the Best Things about Running

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When was the last time you went for a run? If it seems so long that you cannot even remember exactly how it felt like, you might want to consider doing it again. And the good thing about it is that you do not have to be a good runner to start experiencing the things that make a lot of people love it. And here are just some of them.

1. To borrow a slogan from a famous classic ad, “The roads are always open”. You can head out for a run anywhere at any time.

2. It is one of the cheapest physical activities you can get into to stay fit. You only have to invest on the right pair of shoes and you can set off for runs in roads and trails for free.

3. If you think you can’t, think again! It does not matter how slow you go. Your pace does not dictate the level of enjoyment, and the benefits, you can get from it.

4. Because running offers a unique high. It keeps you in tune to a lot of things which heightened the sensations you get from it.

5. You can run solo or in the company of family and friends.

6. It is a great way to meet new people from all walks of life.

7. You connect with fellow runners regardless of skill level.

8. Every run is an opportunity to challenge yourself and push past your limits. The more you do it, the more you improve your ability to run farther and faster.

9. It is a great way to connect with nature. While you can always run on the treadmill if you wish to, there is nothing quite like the feeling of running outdoors and the chance to spend more time with nature.

10. Whether you are running in your neighborhood or an unfamiliar city while traveling, running lets you enjoy the scenery around you. You may even discover a lot of interesting things you could easily miss if you are not passing through during a run.

11. Because running makes you feel good. It may even put your troubles in perspective and provide you with the clarity you need to make better decisions.

12. At the end of the day, you really have nothing to lose, except maybe a few excess pounds. What you get from it, however, is a different story. Because if there is one thing you can look forward to about running, it would be this: You gain more from every run than you can possibly imagine.

5 of the World’s Epic Walks for the Bucket List

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Walking takes you to places that will take your breath away. As you set out on journeys on foot, you get to explore more of the beauty and natural wonders one can find along the way. Not to mention the historical and cultural points of interest that makes for unforgettable treks. With so many trails to choose from, here are some of the world’s most epic walks for the bucket list.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia
Cappadocia in Turkey is known for its “fairy chimneys” and otherworldly landscape. While hot air balloons offer stunning panoramic views of the area, taking a walk provides a different perspective that allows visitors to see the surreal vista from up close. Pick a walking trail and see the unusual rock formations and other natural interests you will find along the way.

Cinque Terre, Italy
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Follow the Sentiero Azzurro or the Blue Path that links the picturesque villages that make up the world-famous Cinque Terre. Stretching to about seven miles, this family-friendly trail is teeming with beautiful scenery including the colorful villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Drakensberg Escarpment, South Africa
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The Drakensberg Escarpment is a vast place to cover on foot. But there are plenty of options for a great walking experience like the North Drakensberg Traverse. The beautiful rugged landscape, towering cliffs, and majestic valleys are just some of the spectacular scenery to see as you take a walk in the area.

Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Canyon
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon National Park is easily one of the bucket-list places for nature and outdoor lovers. The Grand Canyon covers a vast area that stretches to about 450 kilometers. The walking and hiking possibilities are endless with so many trails to choose from.

Inca Trail, Peru
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The Inca Trail is one of the world’s best known treks. The 26-mile trail offers enchanting views of mountains, verdant forests, ruins, and ancient paths among other interesting natural and cultural attractions. And with the Lost City of the Incas at the end of the trail, this is a walk that you would not want to miss.