06 April 2013

Before chainsaws

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