Old logging and sawmill videos are just about the most popular posts on Go Wood, and this one rates as one of the best. Great close-in filming, detailed narration, and even some old-time cowboy background music make this a thirty minutes well-spent.
And if you don't know what a Davis raft is, you'll want to stay on until the end to watch an "island of wood" being built for trans-oceanic delivery to the sawmills of Vancouver. Wow.
Next time you're in a home or building built pre-1950, look up at those beams and woodwork and think of the folks of the logging companies who made those old wooden castles possible.
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 beWithout wood.
Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood