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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-05-2012 10:07 AM 2174 reads 1 time favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just thought the photos in this news article of big Redwoods being harvested way back when were interesting and I wanted to share it with you. It is a shame to see such majestic trees cut down, but impressive nevertheless.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198481/Magical-photos-lumberjacks-California-redwoods.html

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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#1 posted 09-05-2012 11:45 AM

Saw the same article and came here to post it myself :o)

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 11:47 AM

Amazing.
Love the dresses and the pride.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 12:34 PM

Amazing that there are trees that big, but, even more amazing is a big-arrs saw to cut them down.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 02:19 PM

I’ve seen these before but it’s still amazing that those giant trees could be cut with hand tools. Thanks for sharing this Mike

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 07:15 PM

How awful… well, mankind has made far worse than that in the past anyway. We’re such a plague.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 07:22 PM

That redwood should have absorbed enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere if it was not cut!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 05:00 AM

Mike,

I would have loved to watch them fell those monsters. I would expect the earth shook for many miles around! It would be interesting to know how many man-hours (and oxen-hours) it took to get a redwood cut and out of the forest. Too bad there weren’t videos back then!

Now most of them are preserved and not logged . . . until the forest fires come!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 05:07 AM

Very nice and rare pictures. Will anybody dare to do this now?

Sharad

-- “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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#9 posted 09-06-2012 06:15 AM

Interesting pics Mike. Everytime I see those old logging pics, I think about my Bro-in-law’s dad doing reclaim logging in Western WA in the 50s. He was taking out old growth fir and cedar logs that were let by the original old growth loggers. The logs he was bringing out were taller than the cab on his cat. The original loggers only took the #1 prime parts of the logs. Rod’s dad said they salvaged more board feet than the original loggers took!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-06-2012 09:56 AM

Loved seeing these photos Mike. I can’t help but think how hard they had to work back then.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 10:05 AM

I visited the giant redwoods in the Sequoia National Forest when I was a kid. I still haven’t seen anything manmade that has amazed me as much as the site of those wondrous trees that reached so high into the sky with that immense girth. I am very glad they are being preserved for future generations.

At the same time I am really impressed by men who had the fortitude and courage to undertake cutting down those trees with only hand tools, and I expect, a good deal of know-how too. As L/W says it must have made the earth shake. To be honest, I can’t imagine how they could pull a tree so large and heavy, even cut up, with any number of oxen!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-06-2012 02:28 PM

Like when you eat an elephant, little bites…
Smiles,
Mads

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

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#13 posted 09-06-2012 05:57 PM

Good thought Mads, I hope you invite me to dinner next time you’re having elephant. I imagine the elephant wouldn’t even miss a kilo or two.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-06-2012 06:54 PM

;-)

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

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#15 posted 09-06-2012 07:57 PM

At least the oxen are pulling down hill ;-) The horses are pulling several logs chanined together up hill!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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