Nope, I weigh the same as I did in 1974 (and tip the scale at 118) and yes, it will be hanging on the overhang of our wood shed. Currently one side has an old wooden bow saw and the other has an old wooden and iron peavey. This thing is so freaking sharp and it does not look like it was re-sharpened, might have never been used.A saw like that may suggest you've been gaining some weight and need to workout.
Or had a mindset for manual work. I don't know if that would equate to tougher, but maybe more a resigned - it aint going to get done by looking at it, and kind of an impatient sense of perseverance. I have a picture of my grandfather from the 40s. Big old oak, model T, and a saw like in the picture. He wasn't smiling. Stood up pretty straight. And probably knew he'd freeze next winter if he didn't get at it.It's been said that in generation's past, they were tougher than us.
If you doubt that thought, your answer is in that picture.
A while ago I measured up the old farm house, to try to get a perspective for building new. It's an upright with a wing, typical for the area, 1840s. I always remember it being a "big old farm house". Ended up it was 1400ftsq. That was after two 16x16 additions. A lot of wood was hauled to the yard and bucked later. Must have been a continous chore.If I had to make wood like that, I would have a much smaller house!
I watched it also. Great show. It shows how tough pioneer life was.There was a show a few years back that sent families out with supplies typical of what your average homesteader would have had. Wagon, horse, cow, 200 lbs grain, 50 lbs sugar whatever... Folks they picked were active types, bikers, runners, fit people.
Sent them out and told them they had to do what they needed to get through a winter and had folks coming out to monitor their progress. So in between build cabin, clear land, plant crops, make hay, can food etc etc etc, every time the monitors came out they kept telling them; you need much more cut/split wood to get through a winter.
Guy: I'm cutting and stacking every spare minute. Them; well its not enough.
Whole family working with husband doing bulk of heavy labor, sun up to sun down. He's grinding himself into the ground and its still not enough. Wife starts worrying that her 5'9" 170 lb fit husband is losing weight, 160, 150 145, 140 and still falling. Can't find anything wrong with him but she finally convinces show they need to break character and that her husband needs to go and seek medical attention.
After full evaluation the diagnosis?, his weight loss was normal and consistent with men of that time period.