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Thread: Early logging photos. The taming of Washington State's old growth forests

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    Early logging photos. The taming of Washington State's old growth forests

    I thought some of you might find this interesting. Several of the photos wanted to make me cry. But its interesting to see what these guys did to survive and what the forests looked like. I can't image a fir tree with a circumference of 76' at 18" above the ground.

    https://timeline.com/logging-photos-...s-bf18aef19955


    I wasn't sure of where to post this but this seemed like the best forum. Admins, feel free to move it if there is a better place

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    Your title should say "destruction" not "taming".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Buxton View Post
    Your title should say "destruction" not "taming".
    I agree, but I just used the title from the original article.

    I would love to have seen some of the boards that came out of those trees. Most of the "woods" in my area are scrub oaks and pine trees. Nothing as majestic as the old growth shown in those pictures. I've been in the Seattle area several times and seen some of the woods east of there. As impressive as they are they are not the same as what we lost. Sad.

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    Thanks for sharing that, really interessting. The size of those Trees is amazing we just dont get those in Europe, there are some old Oaks over 2m in diameter but nothing quite that big, felling those Behemoths with axes and Handsaws cant have been easy.

    Its sometimes hard enough to bring "normal" size trees down with modern Equipment and Machinery, granted im speaking from the perspective of a Landowner grown up on Farms, I guess those guys didnt worry too much about keeping the rest of the trees undamaged and keep the Forest intact.

    Losing all those Giants is somewhat sad, then again Trees dont live forever, ultimately for the next generation of Trees to grow properly and large you need to take out the old ones. If you want straight large Trees useable for Furniture and the like that is, for Firewood it doesnt matter. At least thats my take on it

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    Thanks for the thread. The pictures are both exhilarating and depressing. I particularity liked the photos of the old "donkey engines". A more dangerous machine has probably never been invented. (not counting Robert Oppenheimer's life work). For a great read - and some wonderful descriptions of logging and especially donkey engines - read Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, one of my all time favorites. Never give an inch.
    Bill
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    One of my favorites is a coffee table book of Kinsey's photos. I ran across it in a used book store. Go see the redwoods for context. Breathtaking.

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    thank you for sharing.....
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    The biggest redwoods are too big to log. They tried it and the wood shatters when the tree crashes down. They have tried putting branches in the landing area etc. Just no good way to get it too work,. thus most of the inland Sequoia Gigantia trees have never been logged.
    I have heard folks are growing them around the world and they can be harvested before they get too big like under 200Feet. In general redwood is lightweight and splits/shatters if overloaded.
    I have never heard of any use for "Dawn Redwood" from China.
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    Last edited by Bill Dufour; 02-13-2018 at 8:11 PM.

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    I live in NW Washington where a lot of the pictures were taken. Whether you are for or against logging the photographer, Darius Kinsey, did an incredible job documenting this period of history. There are a couple of books available with his pictures. Well worth checking out. The collection of his original glass plates is in Bellingham WA at the Whatcom County Museum. I have had several prints made through them and they hang proudly in my house. I have several cedar stumps on my property measuring 8-10' in diameter. Do wish they had left a couple. If you do have an appreciation of the big trees, the redwood groves in Northern California are a sight to behold.

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    https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/sherman.htm
    I think almost all the drive through trees in California are gone now. We had a huge drought that stressed the trees and high winds took them down. Last year was record high rainfall this year is the worst yet.
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    for a treasure trove of photos see https://content.lib.washington.edu/c...web/index.html
    heck out the logs used in Apex Timber Company Shay Engine Number 5 on log jam trestle, ca. 1925t the logs in this trestle look to be 10 feet in diameter.
    Bill
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