Appalachian Antique Hardwoods

Acquiring Hardwoods The Antique Way

Look at the length of the two-man hand saw and heavy-duty axes they used to drop these tremendous trees. It is almost inconceivable to think of cutting a tree this size with a hand saw.

The work  required very strong men (and horses) working long days for minimal pay.  Could you imagine doing this to earn a living?

After a tree was finally felled it took a week or more to cut it up into sections that could be managed (somehow) and transported by train to a lumber yard.

Maneuvering the logs down the mountain to the train was a complex job. I didn’t do any research on this, but I would be willing to bet that many men lost their lives doing this dangerous work. One slip and a hunk of wood as big as a  hotel are rolling your way! The other question that begs an answer is how did they get those logs onto the flatbeds of that train?

Hollowed out  logs became the company’s mobile office. Can you imagine stacking such  logs to build a log home? Two courses would produce a 30′ ceiling. Maybe  that’s why it was easier to hollow out a tree.

A long time before anyone ever thought of a “mobile home or RV” hollowed-out logs were also used to house and feed the logging crews.

We are accustomed to our modern conveniences like electricity and gasoline-powered chainsaws, and it is always such a mind-boggling experience to see how such monumental tasks were performed before these conveniences appeared on the scene.  We hope you enjoy this ‘blast from the past’!

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