1900 five men under the roof of a saw mill
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – machinery

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about the various machines that are involved in logging and forestry, and even a bit on woodworking.

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1859 Beck's improved scrollsawing machine
1859 Beck’s improved scrollsawing machine


1859 A stump extractor
1859 A stump extractor

Patent 1859 A stump extractor invented by G.D. Harris, Fitchburg, Mass.


1859 KINNE'S machine for cutting teeth in saws
1859 KINNE’S machine for cutting teeth in saws

KINNE’S machine for cutting teeth in saws., source: Scientific American, V6N6, 1859-08-06


1900 Interior of rebuilt Hastings Sawmill
1900 Interior of rebuilt Hastings Sawmill


1898 Illustration if patent of machine for trueing lumber
1898 Illustration if patent of machine for trueing lumber

1898 Illustration if patent of machine for trueing lumber by C.J.L. Meyer of Chicago, Illinois, US. THe invention’s objection is to take the wind out of lumber, particulary harwoods and give it a true surface ina safe and efficient manner., see patent 0676957 1898-08-22 CHARLES J. L. MEYER.


1900 Logging and grading roads.
1900 Logging and grading roads.

Photograph shows horse teams with graders making a road for logging.

Rights Information: Feb 28 2019 Special permission granted by the owning institution, California State University, Chico, CA, US, to WoodchuckCanuck.com, for use of this image for historical logging special collection review. Source: http://cdlib.org


1901 Portable Saw Mill patent - Emil H. Hanssell
1901 Portable Saw Mill patent – Emil H. Hanssell

The objects of my invention are to provide a portable sawmill of simple, durable, and inexpensive construction which may be quickly and easily set up ready for use without the necessity of digging a pit beneath the saw mill to receive sawdust; and, more specificaly, it is my object[ive] to provide simple, durable, and easily-operated means for conducting the sawdust to a point of discharge at the side of the mill.


1902 Chemainus Camp.
1902 Chemainus Camp.

First steam donkey in British Columbia, vertical spool, flat-geared donkey mounted on small skid; 4 unidentified men sitting and standing on donkey without roof; trees in background.


1861 Bartholomew's improved sawing machine
1861 Bartholomew’s improved sawing machine

1861 Bartholomew’s improved sawing machine. Early gang saw type machine, single blade.

1900 five men under the roof of a saw mill
1900 five men under the roof of a saw mill

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:27612
1900 five men under the roof of a saw mill posing for the camera.


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

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