By Kenneth Campbell - Added 16/04/2014
Audio of Kenneth Campbell telling about the two-handled saw that was used in Scadabay to prepare planks for boatbuilding. He mentions the sons of Archie MacDonald of Grosebay who passed on their boat-building skills.
There is an area of Scadabay known as Cnoc an t-Sàibh (Saw Hill) although it's been many years since the two-handled saw that gave it its name has been seen there. There was a saw-pit in the village where the logs were arranged so that two men could operate a saw, one below and the other above. This is where they would make the planks needed for boat-building. There is no photo in existence of the actual saw used but you can see a similar one here. Photo Hamish sourcing It was hard work but they didn't have the benefit of a saw-mill in the area to relieve them of the labour. There was an old man from Grosebay, Roderick MacDonald, who was a boat-builder and he would come to Scadabay to teach the men boat-building skills. His brothers Neil and Alasdair were also able carpenters. Roderick may very well have picked up his trade from his St. Kildan father-in-law, Donald Ferguson who was a boat-builder. They used to call the place where the boats were built "Leana an Eathair", The Boat Meadow. According to Kenneth there were two sites in the village where boat-building was carried out.