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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:50 pm 
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There are still a few stumps up on the hills that testify to the size of the cedars that used to guard our lands here in Western Wa. Lots of neat photos of the early days of Sedro-Woolley and Skagit County at http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org as well.

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While much of the logging industry was well documented with photos back in those days I've rarely, well never, actually, come across anything that illustrates the work and workers in the mills where these big logs were processed and made into lumber.

Those folks were a hearty breed back then!

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Yep, those guys were hearty for sure.................not as good looking as us though! LOL

Always amazed how hard people worked in the olden days, not sure I could have done it for very long!

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Yep, those guys were hearty for sure.................not as good looking as us though! LOL

Always amazed how hard people worked in the olden days, not sure I could have done it for very long!


From reading about the history of our area, not many did do it all that long. It was a dangerous occupation "back in the day". Life expectancy wasn't all that long. Lots of them ended up busted up pretty bad.

What amazes me is to look at the scope of what they did, harvesting the HUGE timbers without the aid of power tools, using horses and oxen to haul the logs out of the woods. When I gaze up to the hills surrounding where I live and imagine how they could have clear cut all the vast expanse of real estate I'm humbled at their accomplishments.

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Hey Dennis,

My granddad (Pop's dad) worked as a bucker in Tillamook Co., Oregon. Buckers worked alone in the woods. He said that the biggest danger was that a log would roll onto your foot or leg and trap you. It would be weeks before anyone found your corpse. There were cases where a bucker would cut off his own leg to try and save himself.

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One of Granddad's bucking saws. Although it has a handle at each end, it was used by one man with only one handle at a time. The other was kept as a spare. When the saw got dull, you swapped the handle to the other end.

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That is one heqq of a sawfish trophy Tom!

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