The Pacific Monthly Volume 25

The Pacific Monthly Volume 25

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...feet through at the base and straight as an arrow to the first limb, one hundred feet or more above you. The storms of three centuries have but given it added strength, beauty and symmetry. Undisturbed, it will be young when you and your children are old, but its time has come! Compared with its massive strength, the rough-garbed woodsman, who is examining it critically, seems insignificant. He has come to give it its death sentence. He is the "chopper" or "undercutter" and his woodcraft and judgment must be of the best. He examines the tree carefully and decides in which direction it shall fall. Where the trees are standing thickly this is sometimes a nice question, because if in its fall it deviates but a few feet from the chosen course, it may lodge against another tree and be hung up, or it may fall across a down tree or a stump and break, thus ruining one or more cuts. When the "chopper" has made his decision, he undercuts the tree and thus determines the direction of its fall. He is followed by the "fellers" who cut deep notches on opposite sides of the tree, in which they place their springboards and upon which they stand while sawing the tree. Like perfect working machinery, back and forth go the bare arms of the fellers. Under their closeknit undershirts you can see the rippling muscles play with each stroke of the saw, as the gleaming blade goes back and forth. Presently, the tree trembles slightly. The fellers sound their musical waming--"Timber, Tim-b-e-r," and stand back out of harm's way. Slowly the massive trce bows, there is a sharp cracking of rending wood as the unsawed fibres break beneath the strain. There is a cracking and snapping as the larger branches...show more

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  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 744g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901444
  • 9781236901446