1939 Canadian International Paper log-drivers trying to break a jam with their peaveys.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – log jams and log rafts

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about log jams and log rafts.

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1900s Raft of Squared Timber
1900s Raft of Squared Timber

Raft of Squared Timber below Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Canada. One of the last square timber rafts to be floated down the Ottawa River at the turn of the 20th century. It took an average of two months to make the trip to Quebec City coves. The trees were chopped down with double bitted axes and the pointed ends partially refelct this procedure and it also assisted in skidding the logs.


Towing of thousands of logs.
Towing of thousands of logs.

Imprisoned in a floating boom on Allumettes Lake on the Ottawa River, the logs make their way downstream.


Logs awaiting spring flood to carry them to Columbia River.
Logs awaiting spring flood to carry them to Columbia River.

Skinman (on inflated buffalo skin).
Skinman (on inflated buffalo skin).

Just after clearing a river jammed with floating timber. Himalayas.


1940 Log jam on the Gatineau River near Limbour.
1940 Log jam on the Gatineau River near Limbour.

1948 Priest River log jam.
1948 Priest River log jam.

Note the man tanding on log jam, right of center near the bottom.


These two men are carefully preparing the dynamite that will be used to break the log-jam.
These two men are carefully preparing the dynamite that will be used to break the log-jam.

Constructing a log raft on the Columbia River with cradle and derrick
Constructing a log raft on the Columbia River with cradle and derrick.

The task at hand seems overwhelming.
The task at hand seems overwhelming.


1939 Canadian International Paper log-drivers trying to break a jam with their peaveys.
1939 Canadian International Paper log-drivers trying to break a jam with their peaveys.


A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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