The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Canadian Conversion Logging Vehicle

The world of loggers and logging is a slightly crazy one. You have to hold a different set of values than the rest of the world to even think about being a logger. I remember sitting around the campfire as a kid and listening to my Grandpa telling stories of driving the log truck for the family mill, and needless to say, modern action movies seem dull by comparison. Those stories were reinforced in my memory by watching one-chain wonders rolling down the East Texas highways with bald tires and the trailer swaying from side to side as the rig passed me going about 75 in a 55. I always backed off a little.

Which is not to say that all loggers are nuts; they're, well, just a little different than the rest of us.

A fairly good example of the mindset is displayed for us by the Crazy Canadian Woodworker, Paul Moore, in the following video. Unfortunately, Paul reinforces the negative stereotype of Canadian woodfolk as put forward by Sarah. But eh, I think his video displays a level of ingenuity and creativity few of us ever attain.

Now, you loggers out there will rightly protest the above video under the claim that no logger in his right mind would ever use a Chrysler minivan for hauling wood. You may be right. Yet, the video is a pretty good commercial for Ram-tough, if Chrysler happens to want to use it in next year's Super Bowl.


Anonymous said...

Shades of Red Green here!

Anonymous said...

What does his wife look like?