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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2009, 07:49:48 AM »

I may have related this before, but we've got a lady in my area who is now in her 40s, maybe 50s (no, I ain't gonna ask........) who has her own pulpwood cutting company of 2 or 3 people total. This is the size of most pulpwood crews here.  She started in her teens with her dad, who died last year.  She pretty much took over the company a few years ago when her dad's health started failing and now it's hers.

She runs all the equipment - chainsaw, fellerbuncher, knuckle boom loader, bulldozer, etc. They bolted a chunk of wood to the pedals of their log truck so she could reach them. She also buys the wood, handles the bookkeeping, etc. Never married.  I imagine when she was younger that she intimidated all the boys with her man-related abilities.

About 20 years ago the chainsaw kicked back into her face.  She has a scar running diagnonally from one cheek up and across the bridge of her nose into her forehead. Fortunately no serious damage, just superficial to her skin.  Have to look real hard to see it now, but it was a humdinger for the first year or so after the accident.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2009, 11:37:55 AM »
Nhlogga,

  I run the Clark 666b, wonder if I can get my wife to give it a spin? They are easy to run, good machine.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2009, 09:03:04 PM »
tombstone,                                                                                                                                ask your wife to bring you lunch, put her on 'ol clarky (thats what i call my old clark)and let her try it. Clarks are tough and easy to run. Best machine for someone to learn on.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2009, 09:07:55 PM »
nhlogga,

  Sounds like a plan to me! Im gonna give it a rip! How far from richmond is farmington?
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2009, 09:10:47 PM »
wheres richmond near? farmington is just north of rochester and about an hour south of tamworth.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2009, 03:55:43 PM »
I remember hearing multiple stories about a woman named "Jagger Jenny", when I was Falling Timber for Columbia Helicopters.  I guess she and her husband made quite the pair.  I also remember a saw shop in Sandpoint Idaho that showed a picture of a woman falling a tree.  Guess she owned the saw shop.  My grandmother on my Dad's side used to cut and skid for herself in a little town called Fox Park Wyoming;  She was a tough old gal! smiley_chop

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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2009, 02:03:35 PM »
nhlogga,

        richmond is outsida keene and swanzey area. what year is your machine?
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« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2009, 09:00:42 PM »
tombstone, ol clarky is a '79. You are probably a couple hours away from farmington. any luck with the wife running the 666? if she does when she shuts the machine down hand her the grease gun. after all the operator greases the machine right? ;D
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« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2009, 02:51:55 PM »
Also many woman mill workers, foresters and wildland firefighters.



When I was working for the US Forest Service, in 1970, I was in charge of a fire crew working on some wildfires in the Salmon River area. We had been on the fire line for 3 days and they choppered us back to base camp for a shower and some real food. The base camp had a large Army octogon tent with 8 shower heads. I was in the second batch to get my shower with about 4 of my crew members. We were about done with our shower when 5 lady firefighters came in, disrobed and started soaping down. I guess my boys were real dirty cause they soaped up again and again and again, until I finally rinsed off and told my boys it was time to go. That was the first year that I ever saw female firefighters and after that encounter, we had no trouble getting volonteers for fire duty.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2009, 08:21:53 AM »
hmmmm.....I am in the wrong line of work! :D nhlogga I like that idea, I will toss her the grease gun!
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2009, 09:11:22 PM »

PAPPY,  ".....after that encounter, we had no trouble getting volonteers for fire duty."

I'll bet you also had the cleanest firefighters around too.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2009, 02:41:26 PM »
me and wife and son all work together on our small logging job i run our jd 544d feller buncher my son runs our koering 266dl delimber  wife runs our jd 648-d grapple or our  520 timberjack clamp bunk skidder she easer on them then we are she said we couldnt do it without  her
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« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2009, 07:32:19 PM »
Well done!
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2012, 02:54:08 PM »
me and wife and son all work together on our small logging job i run our jd 544d feller buncher my son runs our koering 266dl delimber  wife runs our jd 648-d grapple or our  520 timberjack clamp bunk skidder she easer on them then we are she said we couldnt do it without  her

I look for informations to timberjack 520, because we have got 520 but we havent got handbook!

Can you send me pictures your machine?

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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2012, 04:41:13 PM »
My wife can has worked with me in the woods, She can drop trees, limb, and is a good tractor operator besides being pretty she can do firewood as quick as me and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Just lucky I am.

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« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2012, 05:19:10 PM »
Yup I too have a wife like that best worker I ever had.
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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2012, 05:41:08 PM »
my oldest daughter is always asking me to get a chainsaw for her so she can help me cut wood. she helps load my truck. once i get my skidder on my new lot im gonna teach my  girlfriend to run it.
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« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2012, 07:09:12 PM »
My wife has set in the saw booth and sawed all day, I cut she skidded timber and has helped change 24.5x32 twenty ply tires. Just this past week she came to the job with the tool truck and I had blown a hyd. line on the Prentice, a good girl for sure. And I cut for a fellow years ago and his wife skidded for us. At the end of the day he would ask her how many feet was on the landing and she would tell him and after it was scaled it was never off more then a few hundred feet.
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« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2012, 07:29:49 PM »
My mother worked in the woods with my father off and on for years. She always yarded, never chopped/felled. I don't ever remember her using a chain saw. When Dad sold firewood commercially, Mom did run the wood splitter.

I remember her having biceps like a man.

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Re: Women in Logging
« Reply #39 on: August 16, 2012, 06:59:43 PM »
 Rita has her own saw,helps me with cutting grapevines.last job was 15 ac.She hepled replace center pins& bushings on the taylor.(Never again in the woods) ;D .Yrs ago she ran a JD scraper and did dozer work,(liked the JD 850 best hated my TD6).
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