Branch 15 of Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association recently acquired a complete early period line shaft fabrication shop in it's entirety that was used to manufacture drag saws. The shop was the former "Wolf Iron Works" of Portland, Oregon. This flat belt line shaft shop, which was opened in 1925, turned out to be the predecessor to the chain saw in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.
When Branch 15 acquired the shop you could push a button or flip a switch and overhead belts would whir and flop, providing power for the massive equipment. The shop was started as a garage operation by A. Kellog DeWitt. DeWitt learned about fabricating drag saws while working at Vaughn, an established Oregon manufacturer of that period. A small operation for 30 years Wolf Iron Works made and sold drag saws under the "Timber Wolf" name. They were also sold by Montgomery Ward as the "Ward Sawyer".
As we continue with finish work on the interior, please consider making a donation and send to Treasurer Kathie Rosenquist, PO Box 23385, Tigard, OR, 97281-3385. You can also call her at 503-620-2721 or donate through PayPal: