Cutting Lumber from a Tree
Pencil lines are used to guide the sawyers as they cut a log into lumber using a pit-saw technique.
In Rwanda and Uganda, a subset of the trees growing along the roadsides are selected for cutting into lumber. Lumbermen fell a few trees and use them to build a structure over a pit, upon which logs are placed. The lumbermen then trim the tree to create two flat surfaces. Lines are then marked along the surfaces and cleats are placed at the ends of the log. One man stands below the structure and one stands on top of the log being cut. A long, two-man saw is then used to reduce the log to lumber.