Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lumberjacks



Rugged Man week continues with these fine specimens. It would be hard to imagine any men more rugged than lumberjacks. The picture was taken in 1901, and you can see the enormous size of trees they had to chop down. I wonder how long it would take to cut a tree like that down.

10 comments:

  1. That is incredible. My grandfather could be one of those men. He did this kind of work in Canada in that time period. Thanks for sharing the picture.

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  2. I would guess it is a one year job for 1 man. So with 14 men it would be about 3 weeks. LOL

    That is a interesting question, I found this artical.

    They would not have used axes except to start; such trees were felled with saws. One cut in 1881 took 13 days; see link.



    Read more: http://greenanswers.com/q/212258/forests-trees-plants/trees/how-long-would-it-take-old-loggers-get-through-giant-redwood-axe#ixzz2CrcGlHBA

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  3. Yeah, that is good example of a rugged man. I would say they would be about as tough and rugged as they come.

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  4. Thirteen days for one cut - remarkable. I remember reading of a lumber camp in New England where the author asked one rugged fellow why he was showered, shaved and dressed in his best. The lumberjack replied he was getting ready to give his girl friend a phone call. Rugged, but still a gentleman.

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  5. That is quite a photo!

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  6. That'a a fantastic photo, the best yet this week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for all the wonderful pictures on the site :-D

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  7. None of them look too happy!

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  8. There are still some trees in the Pacific states that were growing when Jesus walked the earth. 13 days to cut down a tree by hand seems like a long time, but not compared to the 2,000 years it took it to grow that big!

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  9. I wonder if there are any trees of this size still being cut down regularly, or if we've removed all but the ones we are preserving? I recall 40 years ago seeing the big logging trucks in Oregon (and being nervous as they passed by on 2 lane roads) but the only place I've seen one that size is in CA in the redwood forest.

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