I hope y'all had a happy thanksgiving!
The first circular saw used in a saw mill was invented in 1813 (or 1810 depending on which article you’re reading) in the
by Tabitha Babbitt. Ms. Babbitt also invented an early cut-nail, an improved spinning wheel head, and a new style of false teeth. Ms. Babbitt did not patent these inventions because apparently that would go against her Shaker faith. United States
Since we were so close to thanksgiving I thought this would be a fun thing to mention; even though I recognized that Shakers aren't exactly Quakers. Well, come to find out - Quakers aren't the same as Puritans. And the Pilgrims were puritanical - but weren't exactly Puritans.
Puritans – determined Calvinist reformers working to "purify" Church of England so as to be consistent with Calvinist principles, began during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547)
Pilgrims – Separatists who fled to
(1607/8) and sailed on Mayflower in 1620 Holland
Quakers – independent reformers practicing austere Protestantism; their missionaries and followers were repressed by the Puritans in the Bay Colony
Shakers - Originally referred to as Shaking Quakers; an offshoot of Quakerism founded by Mother Ann Lee in 1741.
Another big difference here is that the Shakers were celibate. Which apparently leads to excellent basket and chair making skills - - - but is seemingly bad for sustainability. As Anita Bryant would say - Shakers can't reproduce so they must recruit! Can you imagine the recruitment posters? But I'm about to wander off topic again.
So Ms. Babbitt and her circular saw has absolutely nothing to do with thanksgiving. Nor did the Quaker Oat Dude. But since I discovered that many many people have the same confusion I did, it seemed nice to share with y'all.
In conclusion: The point is that my ladies and I are very thankful for the example set by countless other women throughout history (many of whom were shakers, quakers, pilgrims, and puritans) that women can do anything!
As for Miss Oakley; she was a Quaker. As was Richard Milhouse Nixon - but I think we should quit while we're ahead!