Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – shingles

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about shingles and shakes that kept us out of the weather.

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Sawing rounds for shingles.
Sawing rounds for shingles.

Photo taken at the shake and shingle claim of “Oley” C. Hansen. A claim such as Hansen’s could provide a comfortable living for the owner and his employees, As Redwood shingles, shakes, and shake bolts were in great demand for the roofing of houses. Many trees of prime redwood fell for this purpose in the earliest days. A man could cut one tree, and spend a year or more breaking it into shakes. A close-up of loggers cutting rounds from this Redwood tree to be used for shingles.


drag saw cutting blocks for firewood or shingles
Drag saw cutting blocks for firewood or shingles.

2014 An old shingle maker machine.
2014 An old shingle maker machine.

Shingle Mill and workers.
Shingle Mill and workers.

Note the charred shingle bolts on the bench.


Blyn Shingle Mill from west side.
Blyn Shingle Mill from west side.

The Blyn Shingle Mill at Blyn, Washington; multi-story wooden building at center with additional smaller buildings to right; steam or smoke coming from multiple buildings; logs in foreground; tree-covered hillside in distance. Handwritten note at left reads: “from west side, the Blyn Shingle Mill, Clallam Co.” Additional note at bottom right scratched out, reads “The Blyn Shing Mill, Clallam Co. Wash.” Note: note at right written backwards, on the wrong side of the negative. Mill built in 1917; exact date of photo undetermined.


1941 Shake making from a windfall.
1941 Shake making from a windfall.

Tree #1692 in Honor Grove of State Parks Redwood Highway near Weott.
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://www.cdlib.org/


Horses, driver and wagon out with a shingle delivery.
Horses, driver and wagon out with a shingle delivery.

Some time in the first half of the 20th century. Horse-drawn wagon carrying shingles, location unknown, probably Pacific Northwest.


Matted photo of Shingle Mill.
Matted photo of Shingle Mill.

Unidentified shingle mill; wooden two story building; horse team hitched to wagon loaded with shingle bundles at doorway, lower left; unidentified men and horses at bottom center; unidentified men sitting on deck and at window on second floor; charred snag on right.


Packing shingles.
Packing shingles.

Two men packing shingles with lever operated packing machines at Clallam Shingle Co., Sequim; man on left is Earl Casidy; unidentified man on right.


Shull LBR and Shingle Co Ltd.
Shull LBR and Shingle Co Ltd.

Some time during early 20th century.


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

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