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Manufactured/Badged by:
F. J. Drake
Belleville, ON

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Other
Machine Size: 30" blade
Submitted By: Art Shaw
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Shingle trimmer
Date of Manufacturer: 1890s?
Serial Number:
Last Updated 8/16/2010 4:57:43 PM

This machine trimmed the edges of wood shingles after they were sawn on a single saw. It cut them in two if they were too wide, or trimmed off knot holes or rot. It is currently yard art and was forrest art for 50 years before that. It could be restored, except the actual hinged arms that hold the shingles while they pass by the blade were partly wood, and it isn't aparent just how they held the shingles or how the operator controlled the cut without getting his fingers too close to the blade. I have also seen a shingle saw by FJ Drake, made on the Perkins patent with a horizontal blade.

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Source: photo by Art Shaw
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