John Vance ?, 13 ft in diameter.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging -stump cuts

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging are scenes are about the massive stump cuts for years gone by and more recently as well.

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2011 Ancient red cedar cut, stump in Gordon River Valley.
2011 Ancient red cedar cut, stump in Gordon River Valley.

1949 The History of a Fallen Giant, Richardson Grove, Calif.
1949 The History of a Fallen Giant, Richardson Grove, Calif.

Section of giant redwood tree trunk showing growth rings and surrounded by log fence.

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: cdlib.org


1942 The 14-ft. stump of Sequoia gigantea at the north side of clearing at Whitaker's Forest.
1942 The 14-ft. stump of Sequoia gigantea at the north side of clearing at Whitaker’s Forest.

Shows that it was felled entirely with axes about 75 years ago. Dense young stand of cedar, sequoia and pine in background.
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. http://www.cdlib.org/


A stump cut loaded on the railway.
A stump cut loaded on the railway.

A gang of men on a stump cut, loaded on a flat rail car.


John Vance ?, 13 ft in diameter.
John Vance ?, 13 ft in diameter.

Men posing atop sections of redwood logs.

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. http://www.cdlib.org/


Child standing on a large stump cut.
Child standing on a large stump cut.

2010 massive cedar stump, Gordon River BC
2010 massive cedar stump, Gordon River BC

Circumference: 45ft
Diameter: 15ft
Species: redcedar
Valley: Gordon River
Region: Port Renfrew, BC
GPS: lat= 48.6260003005, lon= -124.421666466
Date Taken: June.10th.2010
Estimated Date Cut: 2010
Tree Farm License #: 46
Photographer: TJ Watt
Source: https://www.ancientforestalliance.org


1918 Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen.
1918 Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen.

Loggers with assortment of saws standing on stump which reads LLLL (for Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen) and below sign reading Simmond saws are the best, camp 1F, 57th Spruce Squadron, Palix River. The Palix River rises in the high country south of South Bend in west central Pacific County and flows west to Willapa Harbor at Bay Center. Three forks of the river join in a wide tidal estuary. The name is Chinook Indian, meaning “slough covered with trees.” The middle fork is known as Tomhays River, for an Indian who lived at the river forks in the 1850s. The middle fork appears on some old maps as Canyon River. In 1857, James G. Swan called the stream Palux River in his journals. Another early version of the name is Copalux River.


1945 Queen Charlotte Islands, BC
1945 Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

1945 Moving logs with a tractor for Pacific Mills on the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC.


1912 One of the giant cedars at Wood Fibre [Woodfibre], B.C.
1912 One of the giant cedars at Wood Fibre [Woodfibre], B.C.

1912 One of the giant cedars at Wood Fibre [Wood fibre], B.C. which was dragged 1 1/2 miles to the boom by a duplex 4-wheel drive truck.


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

One Comment

  • RD Inskeep

    I’ve seen some grand redwood stump tables in sawmill offices I’ve been to over the years

    bordering on spectacular

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