The two-man saw is not that remote from our lives; there were still many in use as late as the early 1960s when the gasoline powered chainsaw all but supplanted it for the purpose of sawing down and cutting up trees. Even as the chainsaw became an option, the two man saw continued to serve as either a cheaper or lighter piece of equipment to carry into the woods for felling trees and processing them. Chainsaws were often large and heavy in the beginning, so they were often relegated to commercial use in while the humble farmer continued to use the two man saw and bow saw.
The two-man saw usually had composite handles that would tighten with a clockwise turn. The examples will will be using at the Farmers' Market have handles made of metal and wood. There is an eyelet that the blade fits through; the handle tightens snugly against the blade when tightened.
Two man saw blades had a number of configurations. Particular blade sets were intended for either soft woods or hardwoods. We have a selection of seasoned walnut, a cherry that was felled a month ago, and some freshly cut ash logs 5-inches in diameter for our demonstration ( Complements of New York Heartwoods of Warwick, NY). These different varieties of wood will require different levels of effort to saw.