1923 White and Sugar Pine.
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Big trees

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging shows some of the big trees that loomed in the forest.

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1924-Chopping down Western Red Cedar - Brooks-Scanlon-O'Brien Company Limited
1924-Chopping down Western Red Cedar – Brooks-Scanlon-O’Brien Company Limited

1924-Chopping down Western Red Cedar – Brooks-Scanlon-O’Brien Company Limited.


1923 White and Sugar Pine.
1923 White and Sugar Pine.

White and Sugar Pine timber. Grove of White and Sugar Pine timber near Lasco Camp which was located about 7 or 8 miles north of Westwood, Lassen County, CA.
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


1917 Loggers amidst large trees
1917 Loggers amidst large trees

The loggers who cut down trees were called fallers. Using their axes, they cut notches in the trunk for springboards. They then stood on the springboards and felled the tree with a crosscut saw. Cutting above ground level was easier because the trunk was narrower, and there was less pitch to gum up the saws. Even so, it might take two days of hard work to cut down a large tree.


1920s Schafer Brothers Logging Company.
1920s Schafer Brothers Logging Company.

Fallers and scaler.


1918 Warren Spruce Co., Portland Oregon October
1918 Warren Spruce Co., Portland Oregon October

Big tree 9 feet at cut, over 20 feet at ground, Camp 3-A, near Toledo, Oregon.


1924 48 year old redwood on Vista Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
1924 48 year old redwood on Vista Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Planted 1875 52 inch diameter at breast height + 100′ in height. July 5, 1924.
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

1923 Lassen Lumber and Box Company.
1923 Lassen Lumber and Box Company.

Timber falling first offense. Two men with axes chopping down a tree near Lasco Camp which was located about 7 or 8 miles north of Westwood, Lassen Co., CA.

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


1925 Man standing next to 9ft diameter cedar tree.
1925 Man standing next to 9ft diameter cedar tree.

Cedar tree, nine feet in diameter, Rock Bay, BC.


1920s Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company.
1920s Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company.

Fallers standing on springboards.


1925 Diamond Match Company : felling a tree.
1925 Diamond Match Company : felling a tree.

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


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