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Lumberjacks
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:33:26 PM »
I received this link in a newsletter today, it's an excerpt from the Paul Buffalo biography - http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/Buffalo/PB39.html

I am amazed at what they where able to accomplish back in the day.

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 09:37:23 PM »
Great pics at the link!  I read a woodworking book from the turn of the 20th century; I think it was from 1907.  The book started out talking about where lumber comes from; which meant a detailed account of how lumberjacks 'did it', during that era. 

It was really really interesting.  They discussed how northern logging operations would often times stage their operations heavily on the seasons; wintertime was their 'super highway' time, needed to easily move the logs out of the forests using ice roads they built. 

Apparently a lot of care went into crafting the ice roads, continually pouring water to build up the thickness necessary to support the weight.  They'd skid the logs to the nearest navigable waterway, and wait for the Spring thaw to send them on from there. 

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 10:33:16 PM »
I've read a number of these histories but 2 things struck me while going through this one.

1 - very high priority on food. Did you see the baking pans in that kitchen?? And those fellows were served food and lots of it.

2 - they worked cut to length and now after a hundred years of new and improved we're right back at it.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 11:01:14 PM »
Amazing.  But, about 1/4 of the way down the page, there is a sled loaded with logs.  21 feet high by 20 feet wide with a total of 31,480 bd-ft drawn by a 4 horse team.  If I read it right, the sled (alone) was estimated to be 5 tons!  What's the weight of green pine per bd-ft, about 1 pound?  Those horses sure got a workout!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 10:55:13 AM »
I find one of the most interesting pieces of culture that has persisted from the days or logging yore to today without us knowing why.. Is the term "skid row"

Greased log skid road for oxen to pull logs from the cut site to the mill, with a town popped up around it down on the flats.  The front row right on the skids was where the saloons and flop houses were.  So to say "hes on skid row" basically meant out slumming. 

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 01:26:49 PM »
Great read! I liked the perspective he shared, especially on the value of money, taxes and doing good work!

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 06:46:01 PM »
Excellent pictures, thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 07:03:48 PM »
I like that kind of stuff. What amazes me is the fact that they did a lot of work and production (considering) with their strength and we now need 1 million in equipment to make any money! No wonder company's say there not making money. Back then there biggest exspenise was food. Now it's iron!

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 11:14:05 AM »
Here's another link to some great old photos -> The old-school lumberjacks who felled giant trees with axes

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2018, 04:24:27 PM »
What was the reason for making the wedge and felling cuts so high?

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2018, 07:33:15 PM »
Less butt swell to chop through. Some species, like redwood, the butts are full of pitch, too.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2018, 09:00:53 PM »
awesome pics 

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2018, 09:27:29 PM »
Hard to believe they did that with hand tools and oxen.
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2018, 12:08:25 AM »
I'm surprised I've never seen this bio before, the area he speaks of is my back yard. Even a lot of the family names he mentions (Barnes, Michuad, Tibbetts, Nason, Fairbanks) are all families I know. The Ball Club river outlet into the Mississippi is about 5 miles from our house as the crow flies. Also striking to me is the patterns of speech and reasoning of an Indian man from that time, honestly I think I would have picked up on it even if he hadn't mentioned he was Indian. I can't put my finger on what makes it unique, other than just a different perspective. It reminds me of sitting and listening to my grandad tell stories. I'll have to ask him about some of these names and see if he remembers any of these characters. I got a chuckle out of how he said the indian and the finn got along real good, "like a team of horses" since I have indian ancestry and my wife, finnish. 

He saw the way things were going too, all the money going into the machines 
Too many irons in the fire

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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2018, 12:34:53 AM »
Thanks Dave!  That makes sense.  


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