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In the early days of logging, this is how the logs were brought from the woods.

In the early days of logging, this is how the logs were brought from the woods.

So You Want to Log For a Living?

Sure you do. And I am Albert Einstein. So you are so bored working seven to eight hours a day in an air-conditioned office with friendly coworkers and making good money, you might sigh and say, oh, I am so bored at this. Then for God know why you make a foolish, foolish statement, I do wish that could get myself a job of being a logger and I would be the happiest person in the world. Whaaaat? Certainly your boss does not allow you to drink hard liquor on the job! And only someone who has it made begins to do (like I do) and others by seeing pastures across the road that appear greener.

For this, I sternly advice you to stop! Take and study what you have just said.

So you have a desire to be a logger, right? How much do you know about logging? Well, it's a good thing that I know something about logging. Read on. Just take a peek at logging when it began when settlers started pouring into Jamestown in 1607 and since then has created a booming economic structure. Logging became hugely-important when the need for ship building became more regular. In fact, in the 1790s, New England was exporting (in the area of) 36 million feet of pine boards and at least 300 ship masts per year.

Well, That Sounds Good, But What About My Logging Career?

you ask about what you want about being a logger. Okay. For the main thing that I'm guessing why you ask, is the paycheck you will be making. Sure. If your work is constant and pleasing to your immediate boss, your paycheck should reflect that and you might look twice at the amount and say to yourself, this is way more than I ever made at that office where I toiled for 19 years.

Now. If you are going to be a logger, what will be expected of you? The first question you might ask is what about the hours? Okay. A very reasonable question. My answer: you will work from till until you can't. Understand? Oh, you've been accustomed of getting to work at nine in the morning? By this hour of the morning, professional loggers have cut-down three to four loads of logs that will be transported to the nearest paper mill and then sent on to help make paper for human use.

So what time should you want to arrive? Well, it's not you who will decide what time that you arrive each day. The boss is the one who pulls the trigger and he like his other loggers arrive for work between four and five a.m. Whaaa??? You thought you would be able to skid by and just slide into work by nine a.m., sometimes ten? No. You've seen the hours. Ungodly? To some. But to others, loggers who have overcome the early hours and late work days can always count on the boss appreicating their work and again, that wonderful paycheck which the Federal, State, and County Governments will be waiting like hungry vultures to get a bite of the great check which you worked your butt off. Well, sir. You were the one who wanted to be a logger.

This is a commercial logger using a commercial chainsaw.

This is a commercial logger using a commercial chainsaw.

With Today's Logging

when logging was just beginning, it was strictly manual labor to cut the trees and oxen were used to pull the logs out to where other men could shave the limbs so the logs could be loaded onto a truck that might take half-a-day to get it to the nearest paper mill or source where logs are turned into pulp which goes into other products that we use today.

this industry is more mechanized than of years ago. If a logging crew wants to work and do a lot of work, then the Logging Manager will meet with the local paper mill who will be eager to buy the logs from the logging crew. This takes the manager of the paper mill to meet in the tract of wood that the logging crew will cut and map-out where and what trees are to be cut.

Along with the organization of today's logging, men (and women) use those big commercial-size power saws to make short work of cutting the logs. Then if a logging crew has a need for more cutting power, a commercial machine built like a forklift has two huge blades on the front and the operator can cut the tree and shave off the limbs with one movement taking the place of two men.

How Will My Work Be Each Day?

I can tell you right now that you will work like you have never worked, manually-speaking. Where you will drag yourself to work each morning at daylight, you Will be using a number of great tools such as an axe, (very sharp, so do not cut-off your toes like Clyde Barrow to get out of his work detail), a power saw and this, my friend, is your only luxury because when logging was in its infancy, men used what they call a buck saw where two tough men on opposite ends of the saw pulled back and forth until those huge trees were down, then the same tough men used axes to cut away the limbs to allow the other tough men with power saws to cut each naked tree into measured-logs so they can be hauled away for a paper mill.

I'm guessing here, but when you log for a living, it's not like any job that you have ever had. Compare your cushy job at the office. Then compare it to logging. At the office, you get air conditioning. With logging, you get whatever breezes that God gives you and you will enjoy them that help the sweat from your body vaporate. At the office you get a break around 10 a.m., but in logging, you might get a breather when the boss says, take off for five!

In the office, you are called into the boss' office to talk about the latest blunder you made on some certain report. In the woods, the Logging Boss will crawl your behind ASAP just as soon as he sees you miss a cut with axe or saw and his language will be beyond salty. Let me put it this way. Logging Bosses make Marine Drill Instructors look like priests. So you have a lot to look forward to.

And . . .your new job of logging will not be a five-day per week job, but many times Monday through Saturday due to something you will learn called "deadlines," and you will work yourself to almost to death to make sure that you will help make each one otherwise .(hub continues at bottom of photo)

Diesel rigs help transport logs to the paper mill.

Diesel rigs help transport logs to the paper mill.

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you might want to start looking for a new career other than logging. Say, being a Sanitation Engineer. With this job, you will not have to worry about axes, power saws or those tough Logging Bosses.

Yep. Sanitation Engineer just might be "the" occupation for you.
March 10, 2021______________________________________________________

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