1829: John Chapman, Charles William Wason, The Westminster Review
The sawyers appeared dreadfully alarmed, saying that vengeance would ...
1908: George Unwin, The Gilds and Companies of London
The carpenters, joiners, and shipwrights who employed the sawyers resisted ...
1971 (?): Henry Mayhew, The Unknown Mayhew
About one-tenth part of the whole of the sawyers in Great Britain were then located in the metropolis, the number in London being 2978, of whom only 186 ...
2003: Mary Stewart, The Last Enchantment
We had the oak-woods and the carpenters, and the sawyers’ yards between Caer Camel and the Lake ...
India / UK:
1890: Edward Ellis Morris, Henry Gardiner Adams, The Sweet Songsters of Great Britain: With Useful Hints for the Rearing and Management of Cage Birds
Well, two of the sawyers said they would take us in a boat to Brune Island, which we agreed to. When we got about half-way across the channel they threw my ...
1996: Leora Auslander, Taste and Power: furnishing modern France
... done by the sawyers in separate workshops more closely related to wood ...
1996: The Living Wilderness, published by the United States Wilderness Society
... trying to buy it in order to save it forever from the sawyers.
2000: Colleen McCullough, Morgan's Run
... that the sawpit needs a shelter to keep the sawyers out of the sun as ...
The quotations are from the 1800s through 2003, so it doesn't seem to be obsolete, but I'm not 100 % sure that this is the sense implied in each of those quotations. I'll check further in a bit. — Beobach972 21:32, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Alright, I checked them, and added the regions for the books, too. — Beobach972 00:38, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
This also needs to have the insect sense added; and the AHD suggests another sense, about 'snag', that I don't know of offhand. — Beobach972 21:32, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Does this apply to the insect sense :
1804–1806 (published in this form: 2002): Reuben Gold Thwaites, Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: 1804-1806
This afternoon the river was croked, rappid and containing more sawyers than we have seen in the same space since we left the entrance of the river Platte.
It's definitely a term in use this search shows it as an occupation title used by the U.S. government: head sawyers & more. Also, there's something called a sawyer beetle that apparently enjoys trees as food (also pine sawyers). It's not in great and all-knowing wikipedia yet for anyone looking to add an article to their resume. I'm blocked from Wikipedia, so it won't be me.--Halliburton Shill 12:41, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
Struck. RfV passed. bd2412T 15:52, 14 July 2007 (UTC)