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CharlieM1958

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948 days ago

For all you folks who like your lumber straight from the tree, here’s how it looked in the days before chainsaws.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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saddletramp

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#1 posted 948 days ago

Too Cool. I can’t even imagine ….........................................................

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 948 days ago

Glad they don’t cut down those gargantuan ones anymore.
(the ones that remain that is)

Anything that’s been around that long should be “home free”.

-- Having fun...Eric

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miles125

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#3 posted 948 days ago

If i just had one of those to carve a giant fishing lure out of…..

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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ChuckV

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#4 posted 948 days ago

Wow – those are some amazing old photos.

Thanks for posting this Charlie.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Karson

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#5 posted 948 days ago

Charlie: Some fantastic pictures. The one with the train puts a giant log into perspective.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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grizzman

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#6 posted 948 days ago

your right on this, yep..tree’s were tree’s, and men were men…...so did they say, oh wait my carpel tunnel is acting up, or oh my back aches today, or, hey my shoulder has got some spurs in it…..for some reason i think the men back then were either tougher then what i see today…..or possibly the genetics of men today is different….i dunno…....but those guys got it done…no power taking those giant tree’s down….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 948 days ago

Incredible photos, Charlie.

Hard to imagine cutting one of those trees down!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Porchfish

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#8 posted 948 days ago

Nice find Charlie, of course we remember using man-hole covers for face plates and turning rascals like these, right buddy !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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jerkylips

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#9 posted 948 days ago

Grizz – you forgot, “can we do this when the sun comes out, I have seasonal-affective disorder”... ha!!

I don’t think it’s genetics, it’s the way our society has ‘evolved’. Every kid gets a “participation trophy”, no one loses, kids are coddled & told they can do no wrong from the time they’re born….by the time they’re adults all of the alpha male has been brainwashed out of them..

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#10 posted 948 days ago

Between 1905 and 1910 my Grandfather, who was in his teens at the time, spent his winters as a LumberJack in North Dakota.

He has told me some great stories about what it was like to harvest trees with nothing more than hand tools and horses. Some lumberjacks were cutters (using 2 man saws) and some were axe men who cleared the branches off the fallen trees, but more than half the crew in any camp (including my grandfather) were in transport. It was their job to load up the sleds and haul the trunks out of the forest.

I still marvel at how hard that work had to have been.

b.t.w. – There is a great replica of a lumber camp in Minnesota. If you ever visit it, you also appreciate what lumber camp was like.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bill White

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#11 posted 948 days ago

You can bet that I would not have wanted to get into a fist fight with any of those guys.
Bill

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Gary

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#12 posted 948 days ago

Put together all the sawdust they created and you’d have enough wood for years of projects

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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dbhost

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#13 posted 948 days ago

Okay what I want to know is just HOW did they get those cars / horse and buggy on top of that log?

FWIW there are still a few of those monsters around in the Northwest. Last time we were up in Oregon, I remember driving through a big beetle kill area, and seeing a couple of those still standing. Quite dead from the beetles. Now that lumber should be harvested and used instead of just going to waste and being a fire hazard…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jusfine

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#14 posted 948 days ago

Great photos, thanks for posting them!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 948 days ago

Cool photos, thanks Charlie.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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