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Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Subcategory:Outdoors
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Keywords:Crosscut saw, Historical logging, Redwood boards, Redwood forest, Redwood tree, Spring boards, axes, band saw, gun stick, gunstick, loggers, logging, logging tools, misery whip, old logging photos, old photo guy, undercut tree
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Dimensions2100 x 1345
Original file size8.1 MB
Image typeTIFF
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date modified30-Oct-10 11:50
Logging tools to fell a Giant Redwood tree Humboldt County

Logging tools to fell a Giant Redwood tree Humboldt County

The tools of the logging trade pictured here are a double-bladed axe, cross cut saw, (also known as a misery whip), springboard, and gunstick. The area where the men are lying is the uncut and was made by the two choppers with axes. The gunstick is the scissors like tool that would have been used to make the final depth and angle adjustments to the undercut so that the tree fell in the desired location. Once the undercut was complete, two men would use a cross-cut saw to make a backcut (on the opposite side of the tree) so that the tree would topple from the stump. Any mistakes and the tree could fall in an unintended direction possibly causing injury or death to the logging crew.