Mt St Helens Loggers & Poets
It has been written that there were only two larger than life characters in the Old West ...the Cowboy, and the Logger. Both have metamorphosed into industry employees, at feed lots, and managed tree plantations. But, oh what a heritage they left!
Tall Timber Calls
There's a wild call from the mountain
Glossary Of Logging Terms
Ax - An obsolete piece of machinery used in the olden days for cutting wood. Note - timber fallers of today use a club which is weighted on one end to drive a piece of soap into a tree. They jokingly call this club an ax. The soap is shaped like a wedge and it seems to lift the trees but it resembles a wedge very little.
Block - A hunk of scrap iron you thread a cable through to go around a corner
Bug - Has nothing to do with insects. It is a small radio worn on the belt of the riggin' slinger and the hooker. You can do magical things with it like blow the whistle on the yarder.
Bull of the Woods - One who has absolute power over the outfit, some times the owner, or a hireling who has full authority.
Bunks - Has nothing to do with sleeping. A couple pieces of scrap iron fastened loosely to a log truck to lay logs on.
Butt Hook - A device that doesn't resemble a hook at all. Shackled to the butt riggin' to bell your chokers into.
Chaser - One who works on the landing, bucking, limbing, unbelling chokers and a million other little chores.
Clevis - This word along with pulley was invented by a bunch of farmers, a type of cussword I think, for every time a logger hears one of these words he will either blush laugh or get mad.
Faller - One who falls trees. In Montana they are called sawyers, in California they are choppers. Sometimes in beer joints these men are called cutters.
Moly - A hunk of a strand of cable rolled into a circle. Used as cotter pins to hold two lines together, or anything else you can think of.
Riggin' Slinger - One who "spots" the riggin' and decides which log goes in what choker.
Russian Coupling - Logs that haven't been bucked all the way through This practice is frowned upon and has killed a lot of good riggin' men.
Russian Drive - Falling one tree into another to push it over
School Marm - A tree with two trunks.
Shackle - There are two basic kinds of shackles - the pin shackle and the screw shackle. It is a horse shoe shaped object with a pin or a screw across the horse. They come in various sizes and are made of the finest steel. They hold practically everything together in the logging woods. Without the shackle and the moly there could be no logging.
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