Historic Woodworker Videos #1: Paul Prybil, First Commerically Available Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 07-30-2011 11:11 PM 7631 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In June, I researched the history of Paul Prybil, who invented the first commerically available bandsaw. The video is posted at

Here was a man that made a lot of money in his lifetime. To see his story, see the video.

After I posted this video, I got a call from the great great grandson on Paul Prybil. He told him that his great grandfather lived in a wonderful life in Long Island, with many servants. After a dinner with J P MOrgan in the 1920s, the financier convinced him to invest everything in the stock market. The relative was convinced and sold all of the copywrights and the factory to others. In 1929, the family lost their ocean side manor. Mr Prybil remembers his grandfather telling him, “one day servants will call me to breakfast, and six months later, we would be lucky to have a breakfast.

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 04:06 PM

Tom, Welcome to LumberJocks. Very interesting set of videos you have, I was able to watch a few and will plan to watch a few more later on.
Thanks for keeping the history alive.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 12:03 PM

I apolize for not ackonwedging this fine video on my history piece. I will makie a notation on the Paul Prybil video on Monday.

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 12:37 PM

The notations on my video, First Factory Made Bandsaw was made today on the video and in the credits for Garage Woodworks fine video on Circle Cutting Jig. I am sorry for the error.

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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