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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 12-08-2011 03:34 PM 2344 views 4 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2011 03:34 PM

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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#1 posted 12-08-2011 03:40 PM

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

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 03:45 PM

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”.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 03:45 PM

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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#4 posted 12-08-2011 03:47 PM

Wow – those are some amazing old photos.

Thanks for posting this Charlie.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 04:02 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 04:07 PM

your right on this, yep..tree’s were tree’s, and men were men… 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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#7 posted 12-08-2011 04:32 PM

Incredible photos, Charlie.

Hard to imagine cutting one of those trees down!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 04:47 PM

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

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 04:56 PM

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 12-08-2011 05:16 PM

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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#11 posted 12-08-2011 05:42 PM

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


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#12 posted 12-08-2011 05:43 PM

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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#13 posted 12-08-2011 05:53 PM

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…

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#14 posted 12-08-2011 05:54 PM

Great photos, thanks for posting them!

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#15 posted 12-08-2011 05:56 PM

Cool photos, thanks Charlie.

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