Saturday, 3 November 2012

Northeast Loggers Handbook

For an individual looking to cut down small numbers of trees, clear out a sugar bush, etc. a lot of the old ways of logging are still quite applicable. I had the opportunity 15 years ago to learn about clearing out a sugar bush from an old fella who still did things the way they were done decades ago, before mechanization took over. He still used hand tools, and skidded out selectively logged trees with a team of horses. Those experiences remain a cherished memory.

Published in 1951, when chainsaws (delightfully primitive) and mechanical skidders were just beginning to make an appearance, this book is a goldmine of information.

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