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Thread: Cypress Logging circa 1925

  1. #1
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    Jan 2012
    Gonzales, Louisiana

    Cypress Logging circa 1925

    This is just awesome! Gives a new appreciation for the guys of old. It's a video of the original swamp loggers of Louisiana in the early 1900's. These guys are the reason there are sinker logs at the bottom of the bayous of Louisiana.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    I'm so glad someone uploaded this to youtube for us to appreciate it! Enjoy!

  2. #2
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    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY
    Thanks for posting Tom-very interesting. Sure is a lot different from northeastern looging from the same era. Bet that wood is beautiful.
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

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    Feb 2007
    Westphalia, Michigan
    Having worked logging in my younger days and still cutting trees for logs and firewood I can sure appreciate the danger of such an occupation. Logging from a canoe looks quite challenging. Then there is the snakes and alligators, bugs, and heat. Sure is different than logging in the North. We used to joke that we had to dig out the trees in the winter in order to cut them down. I worked for a few years clearing log jambs from rivers. That was fun and challenging. We had a rule that if you fell in or went over your waders, you had to buy a case of beer for the crew. Never had to buy any but sure enjoyed drinking a few "dunk beers" after work.
    I'm a certifiable tree hugger. (it's a poor mans way of determining DBH before cutting the tree down)

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    Jan 2012
    Gonzales, Louisiana
    Those definitely were real men. I don't envy their jobs one bit!
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    Thank you posting those Tom. Can you imagine how strong their arms are?

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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I didn't notice any fat guys standing around "supervising"??? Apply today's advances in medicine to that "routine" level of physical exertion and we'd all live to be 100 . I just came in from drilling holes and setting a few screws with my drill motor and my back hurts a bit
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Definitely NO OSHA.

    It looks like they wasted as much wood as they harvested. The ecology people of today would absolutely go out of their skull about that.

    There was a lot of brain work that went into making up for the lack of today's machinery.

    I am thankful that I was not born in that era. I would not have lived to age 87 for sure.

    Thanks for the show.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2012
    Gonzales, Louisiana
    Glad y'all enjoyed the videos. I sure did!

    Not Many of the giants left these days. It's such a shame that they completely deforested the south.
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    Wow, that's pretty amazing. I can't imagine all the lives that were lost throughout those years.

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