Inventors are inspirational. Tabitha Babbitt was an inventor, tool maker, and weaver. Some of her inventions are contested as hers due to the fact that she was a Shaker and never patented her inventions as it was against her religious views to do so. It is generally believed that she invented the circular saw, a spinning wheel head, and false teeth.
Sarah Tabitha Babbitt was born on December 9, 1779 in Hardwick, Massachusetts. She became a Shaker with the Harvard Shaker Community in Massachusetts in 1793. She is said to have come up with the idea for the circular saw while watching men at the sawmill using a two-man whipsaw. She felt a circular saw powered by water would be much more efficient. Her first circular saw used in a sawmill was used in 1813. Her work as a weaver led to her inventing an improved spinning wheel. She felt making multiple nails at one time would be more efficient than the way they were made and she shares the invention of cut nails with Eli Whitney. She was working on a process to manufacture false teeth at the end of her life. She did make false teeth of wax before passing away.
It is said that her methods led to efficiency in the mass production of furniture. She was known in Shaker papers and stories of her work ethic and results became known. She is thought to to have died in 1858, but she may have passed away as early as 1853. Work smarter, not harder may have been her work ethic.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!