The following is a list of words common in the logging fraternity, but not generally known to the general public.
Trash logs and debris. A log drive term.
A small or partial clearcut, in which some trees are left standing.
A tree felled by the wind or some other natural causes.
A small, powerful, almost circular and highly manueverable boat used to herd logs, usually in a mill pond.
In water logging, a system whereby the outermost of several floating logs is held in place with a pike pole and the whole pod moved intot he current by the jet boat.
A logger, usually a chokerman. You'd better be smiling when you call a logger this name, or be a very good friend.
The logger who cuts the felled logs to size to get the most scale.
A log which has lost its bark.
An oversized, massive block hung from the spar tree and carrying the mainline. In redwood logging, some of these monsters weighed over a ton.
A cook's assistant, who does all of the dirty work.
BULL OF THE WOODS
The person in charge of the woods operation. In the old days, the toughest man on the crew: nowadays still a pretty tough logger.
The first and largest diameter cut, directly above the stump.
The heavy metal knobs and rings suspended from the mainline to which chokers are attached.
The logger's classic, high-topped, steel-spiked boot, which gives him steady footing on a fallen log. Not ususally worn socially.
A gradual deterioration of the woods due to overuse by people. Generally prevalent in areas accessible by car and characterized by compacted soil, scarred trees and litter.
An itinerant logger. Also
A log which has had a slab taken off each of four sides. Also known as a
Japanese Square if intended for export.
A person who unhooks the chokers from the logs at the landing.
A small piece of cable with a knob and fitting bell, used to attach logs to the butt rigging of cable systems or to skidders. Chokerman say a choker is an instrument of torture invented by people who hate loggers.
Choker Setter. A person who attaches chokers to logs. Usually the first (and toughest) job a logger gets.
A helicopter. Also, in Northern California, the man who cuts down the trees.
A mentod of harvesting wherin all trees, regardless of size, are cut. Also the area where this has been done.
A pile of stored logs which will be moved at a later date.
Usually the second or third thinning on a stand of trees. So called because the wood taken out is large enough to have commercial value.
A fungus disease characterized by conchoidal growth on the outside of a tree, evidence of heart rot and a cull tree.
Logging done mostly for aesthetic reasons.
A logger's bus. Also an adjective meaning
no good or
Applied to a log. It means rotten, rejected. Applied to a person, it means pretty much the same thing. A logger's strong insult.
Not a man who is cruel to mules but the operator of the heavy diesel that powers loaders and yarders. The name is a relic from the days of steam.
A road grader.
A thick growth of small, suppressed trees.
The person who cuts down the tree on a logging show. Also called cutter, chopper, busheler, and in the Intermountain, sawyer.
A cook's assistant who waits on tables.
A timber tramp who is also a criminal. The name was in use many years before the current usage of the word
gay to denote homosexuality, so no slur is indicated.
A heavy set of metal tongs with teeth on the inside edge, which can be opened and shut at will by the operator.
A method of logging in which a grapple, rather than chokers, is used to haul in logs.
A tree with many limbs. especially on the lower part. Also called a
Wolf Tree in Alaska.
A camp cook, especially one of dubious ability. Fortunately, now a threatened species.
A cable which is used to carry the butt rigging back to the work site.
The essential bailing wire which is used for a thousand impromptu repairs on a logging show. Also an adjective meaning
patched up or
no good. Also describes a light cable used to pull a heavier cable.
Loggers not particularly noted for social graces.
A logger in a hurry. A fast, energetic worker.
A person who tops a spar tree and hangs the butt rigging.
Taking only the best logs, or the best cut of a tree, and leaving the rest to rot. Formerly common, it is now a major offense.
Boss of the rigging crew. Inevitably, the name is shortened to
hooker which gives rise to hundereds of stories and jokes, most of them scatological.
The place to which logs are dragged for loading.
Also sometimes called a
shovel. The machine at the landing that loads the log onto the truck.
A logging operation.
The old-time steam locomotive, usually a Mallet or a Shay, that could run anyplace a logger could lay track. A logger could lay track anywhere.
Esentially a derrick equiped with a mechanical grapple used in loading.
Old-time eastern and midwestern term for a logger. In the Northwest, it has acquired overtones of crudity and stupidity, so the term is not usually used. In the Northwest and Alaska, the term is, and proudly
The heavy cable which is wound up onto the drums of the yarder and which drags the logs to the landing.
MAKE ER OUT
Make out the check. I quit!.
A side on a logging show where most of the operations are mechanized.
The old-time falling saw, up to twelve feet in length, and a brutal taskmaster. Also called a
A griddle cake.
A portable lunch bucket.
An old, usually majestic but often decadent stand of trees over 150 years old that has not ben logged although second-growth trees in that condition would be considered
A steel-spiked pole with a hinged tong which provided the leverage necessary to move large logs.
A small slim tree.
A long slim pole equipped with a twisted steel point, used in brailing.
An exceptional tree, selected as breeding stock because of its superior qualities.
A first thinning on a tree stand. A straight expense because the wood removed is too small to have commercial value.
The local Smith-Central Oregon word for pumice, usually
pummy dust. An all-pervasive volcanic powder that is practically impossible to remove.
A foreman. Also, on the log drive, the operation itself.
A group of river-trained people, mostly loggers, who follow the drive and clean up the banks of hung-up logs.
The group of loggers who handle, set up and maintain cable systems.
Moving to an area adjacent to that which has been cleaned of logs. Done by changing the tailhold.
A definite amount of lumber put up fro sale by bid. Also the site on which the timber is standing.
The amount of board footage in a log.
The person who determines the amount of footage in a log. Usually castigated as a blind, illegitimate robber by loggers, he or she is a highly skilled, completely ethical worker performing an essential service
A vigorous tree with good growing characteristics or selected for breeding because of its superior growing qualities and its ability to put out a good seed cropt every year.
shake bolt. A piece of cedar split from a tree or stump, two feet long and approximately teo inches thick, which is re-split or cut into shakes.
A gathering of a crew, usually at the beginning of a shift, where assignments and recommendations are handed out.
A steam locomotive adapted to logging and noted for agility and indestructibility.
Blasting, as in
shooting rock. Also called, locally
shotting in Alaska.
A logging operation, but more specifically the place where it is going on. Thus, a logging show could have one or more sides.
A deer, usually reduced to venison and procured illegally.
Strmw boss of a logging side.
A machine, either rubber-tired or tracked, used to drag logs to the landing.
The planting, usage and management of a forest. This, a forester practices silviculture the way a farmer practices agriculture.
Debris left after a lodding operation.
A fire deliberatly set to clean up logging debris.
Logger's term for snuff.
A tall, centrally-located tree, which when topped, properly guyed and rigged with blocks is used as a derrick to yard logs to the landing.
A table of food where a logger can make up his own menu, usually for his nosebag.
A lightly flexible, iron-shod, stong board, which is inserted into a nothch chopped into a tree and used as a precarious platform from which the tree is felled. A relic of hand-power days, it now has only a few practitioners.
A person equipped with a wlakie-talkie, who directs the yarder operator on a grapple show.
A diesel engine.
A small, light cable.
A amount a contractor pays the landowner for standing timber.
A sturdy stump or tree which is used to support a block through which a cable runs back to the yarder.
A belt-carried radio device which enables a chokerman to blow the yarder whistle in code and also talk to the operator.
A rough, crude logger.
A forester or logger who estimates the amount of timber in a sale, usually by walking over it.
A telescoping, movable steel tower, which replaces the old-time spar tree.
A mechanic who has the tools and the expertise necessary to fix almost anything on a logging show.
A load of logs, especially as it refers to a yarder or loader.
A forest untouched by the hand of man.
A combination bunkhouse and cookhouse, usually floating but also sometimes on wheels.
The person who actuated the whistle on an old-time steam yarder by pulling on a long wire.
A loose limb, hanging precariously, just waiting for some unlucky logger to pass under it to fall.
The machine that powers the mainline. The big machine on a landing.
A ponderosa pine, especially a really large one.
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