Before the Chain Saw

When the Northwest logging industry was still young…

Just look at the length of the hand saw…

…and look at the size of the heavy duty axes.

The work required very strong and courageous men.

After a tree was felled, the real work began – a week or more to cut it up.

Maneuvering the logs down the mountain to the train was a complex job.

Some of the logs were larger than the train engine.

A hollowed out log became the company’s mobile office.

Hollowed out logs were used to house and feed the crews.

Can you imagine this generation’s young men attempting this?


~ by yougottobekidding on February 17, 2013.

One Response to “Before the Chain Saw”

  1. Undoubtedly, these trees appear to be Sequoia gigantia (sp?), likely from California’s central mountain range of the Sierra Nevada, in what is not Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Parks. True, these men were very tough. Most were 5ft 5-8 inches tall, weighing about 150-160 pounds, extremely wiry, strong, and of great endurance. I would not want to tangle with one in his prime.

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