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Sawyers in Japan, circa 1800. Nishiki-e print after Katsushika Hokusai.

Sawyer is an occupational term referring to someone who saws wood, particularly using a pit saw[1] either in a saw pit or with the log on trestles above ground or operates a sawmill. One such job was the now-archaic occupation of someone who cut lumber to length for the consumer market, a task now done by end users or at lumber and home improvement stores.[2] The term is still widely used in the logging industry, wildfire suppression, trail construction and related work to refer to the operator of a chainsaw (or still in some limited applications, a crosscut saw). In the construction industry, the term is applied to the operator of a concrete saw.

Sawyer is also an occupational surname originating in England,[3] for someone who made a living from sawing wood. Sawyer is also less commonly a given name.

This term may also refer to:



In the United States:



Fictional characters


See also



  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  2. ^ 20 Jobs That Have Disappeared, By Miranda Marquit, Main Street,, May 3, 2010.
  3. ^ British surnames - origin
  4. ^ Oxford English Dictionary