This came through my email and given that I have spent some time in the logging fields of Montana, Idaho and Minnesota, I thought it was very interesting. I’ve also spent most of my life heating with wood which means cutting down the trees, chunking, and splitting – chainsaws, mauls and wedges, tractor mounted circular saws and wood splitters. We are older and know how to work, but would you really want to work this hard???
Before chainsaws were invented, the logging industry in the United States & Canada was a seriously challenging occupation, and we are only talking about 125 years ago. In the Pacific Northwest there were forests full of monster trees, and cutting them down was done by hand.
Look at the length of the two-man hand saw and heavy duty axes above that they used to drop these tremendous trees. It is almost inconceivable to think of cutting down a tree this size with a hand saw.
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.