06 April 2013

Before chainsaws

Logging Monster Trees

Look at the length of the two-man hand saw and heavy duty axes 
they used to drop these tremendous trees. It is almost inconceivable 
to think of cutting a tree this size with a hand saw.

The work required very strong men (and horses) working long 
days for minimal pay. Could you imagine doing this to earn a living?

After a tree was finally felled it took a week or more to cut it up into 
sections that could be managed (somehow) and transported by train 
to a lumber yard.

Maneuvering the logs down the mountain to the train was a complex job. 
I didn’t do any research on this, but I would be willing to bet that many 
men lost their lives doing this dangerous work. One slip and a hunk of 
wood as big as a hotel is rolling your way! The other question that begs 
an answer is how did they get those logs onto the flatbeds of that train?

Hollowed out logs became the company’s mobile office. Can you imagine 
stacking such logs to build a log home? Two courses would produce a 30′ 
ceiling. Maybe that’s why it was easier to hollow out a tree.

A long time before anyone ever thought of a “mobile home or RV” hollowed 
out logs were also used to house and feed the logging crews.

We are accustomed to our modern conveniences like electricity and gasoline 
powered chainsaws, and it is always such a mind-boggling experience to see 
how such monumental tasks were performed before these conveniences appeared 
on the scene.

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