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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-15-2015 11:12 AM 1675 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought some might find the photos in the link interesting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 11:48 AM

Great old photos, Mike.I doubt there are many men today that would be up to that work. Those guys had to be engineers, too, to find ways to move those big logs once they were down!! The human spirit is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 02:10 PM

How often do you see logs of this size today. One tree could build many homes. I got tired cutting down a small tree into little pieces.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 02:49 PM

Thanks Mike. That was a very interesting series of photos. Those were massive logs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 03:30 PM

Great photos Mike.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 03:38 PM

They were still logging old growth giant trees when I left the North end of Vancouver Island about twenty-five years ago. Logging was our biggest industry back then. Now it has fallen to third or perhaps even fourth place behind things like marijuana production. The loggers I knew were the same stock as the guys in the photos. They use chainsaws and massive equipment now but the work is still hard and very dangerous.
Thanks for the look back Mike.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 03:49 PM

Thanks for sharing Mike
I’ve seen a good number of those photos already, given I live in the number one county in Oregon for logging in the pacific north-west of America,photos like these are in a number of public places. It is amazing how gigantic those trees use to be and the base tools they used to fall and mill them.

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 03:58 PM

Ironically as I was looking at this post my wife showed me these photos from another website.

From the first photo you never would have guessed it’s a cake.

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 04:05 PM

Great post and very interesting. Amazing what hard working men they were. All that goes with that kind of work very dangerous, physical, and challenging o say the least. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 05:08 PM

It’s amazing what people can do with such simple tools. Much of that kind of work is still being done the same way in some tropical areas. Just imagine what it must be like to cut through huge trees of very dense hardwood with hand tools.

Jim Very cool, thanks for sharing the cake.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-16-2015 06:00 AM

Those were fantastic photos. The strong lumber men and strong horses was fun to watch. In India and other places in the world elephants are used for lumber logging.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 12-17-2015 10:11 PM

I enjoyed this immensely. Thank you.

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#12 posted 12-21-2015 11:36 AM

Wonderful photos, thanks Mike.
Merry Christmas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 12-27-2015 01:55 AM

Very incredible photos. It’s hard to believe that this is how it was done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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