Evening Chores - Lumberjack Lingo

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Evening Chores Lumberjacks worked in the woods until it was too dark to see. After walking back to camp, often one to three miles away, they removed their boots or packs, their wet clothing and red wool underwear, and the two or three pair of wet wool socks that were hung on a balsam holder attached to the big rack over the hot stove. Then they put on Sunday shoes or stag shoes- packs with the tops cut off to make a kind of slipper or brogan.

At one end of the bunkhouse was a long sink with three to ten washpans, according to the size of the crew. For a camp of eighty men, and if the bull cook was industrious, there would be about three towels to wipe on, which would not meet sanitary standards today. Water for washing was kept boiling hot by running it through pipes in the big heater to a made at the camp.

By that time supper would be ready, and what mounds of food the lumberjack could store away. It was said that steam poured out of the skylight at night like smoke or steam from a factory.
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L.G. Sorden Lumberjack Lingo Northword Edition
with permission of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group