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Re: skidding tongs
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2004, 06:07:35 PM »
now what is a raft pin? nice kitchen 8) 8) 8) very nice
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2004, 06:38:11 PM »
Rafting pins, sometimes called log dogs are devices used to fasten the ends of logs together in a circular shape to form a raft or boom. The enterior would be filled with logs and then the whole thing would be towed or floated to a mill or landing area. There are several types. I have some that are simply flat blades of steel on each end connected with several links of chain. You drive the flat poieces into the end of the logs to connect them. I also have some that are sort of like eye bolts that are driven into the log, then chain is looped through the eyes. I beleive that Paul_h used to ship some of his logs by boom.  Paul?
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2004, 06:51:32 PM »
Our log booms are held together with boom chains that fit through a large hole drilled in the end of the boomsticks.There is a ring on one end of the chain and a togle on the other end.
The toggle fits through the hole and won't pull back out.

I believe that the log dogs are used to string together logs that have been adrift and need to be pulled back to the booming grounds.I wish I knew more but I only worked on the booms for a week back in 1980.I was helping a real talented oldtimer named John Downer.

I was his step n fetch.
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Re: skidding tongs
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2004, 06:54:37 PM »
Got any pictures?
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2004, 07:04:46 PM »
I don't have any pictures of the booming .There used to be a pile of chains behind my Dad's shed in Squamish but I have't seen them for awhile.

I'll hunt around for a link to chains and dogs.
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« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2004, 07:23:22 PM »
If'n ya come acrossed some artifacts that are just junk to you guys... ;) ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2004, 12:48:50 PM »
I have some of the different types that you describe in my "nautical collection". Recovered them from Lake Superior, etc. during my SCUBA days.
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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2004, 01:35:36 PM »
I'd ask you to put me in your will Ron, but yer probably going to outlast me. ;)
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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2004, 02:25:35 PM »
When are you starting your museum? I can always make a permanent loan. I donated a "truck load" of items to The GLSHS (Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society) in Sault Ste Marie and Whitefish Point a few years back.
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« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2004, 04:41:30 PM »
Ron the museum is open all the time. All ya gotta do is show up here. :) If'n you have some stuff thats gathering rust and dust and aint seeing any more light then it did when it was at the bottom of "Kitchi gami", I'd be bproud to find a way to display it. ;D
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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2004, 06:54:55 PM »
Jeff wood you still trade the sploding wedge? I have a farm full of museum stuff ie.two man saw minus 1 handle climbing spurs lots of em what else can you use i could deliver in 166 days, Mtn Jack

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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2004, 07:40:09 PM »
well, I got lots a saws, I got climbing spurs, so keep tryin. I'll trade for the right contraption though. :)
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