Sunday, July 24, 2016

Jay O’Hern’s New Book On Adirondack Logging

adirondack logging book coverJay O’Hearn’s new book, Adirondack Logging: Life and Time in the Early Years of Logging’s Mechanization (Versa Press 2016) portrays the timber-logging lives of lumberjacks in the “Glory Years” following the introduction of Linn log hauling tractors.

The book includes interviews with loggers, remembrances of lumber camp life, accounts of river drives, the passing of old-style logging with horses, remembrances of yesterday’s lumberjacks, and stories that accompany appetizing recipes.

Rare photographic images capture the scenes once common around lumber camps, centers of the logging industry built exclusively for the lumberjacks.

O’Hern gathered logging memorabilia from men and women throughout the Adirondacks and the Tug Hill Plateau who often had spent a lifetime in the logging industry. There are images of early mechanical logging equipment, old-time logging scenes, and personal recollections of life in the lumber shanties. Adirondack Logging not only details an informal history of the now-legendary past life of logging with Linn tractors, but takes you into the lumber camp cook shack.

Logging, of course, is still going on. The difference is in the extent of the cutting, modern techniques and equipment and the total disappearance of the old-time practices and company-owned lumber camps.

Adirondack Logging: Life and Time in the Early Years of Logging’s Mechanization can be purchased in local bookstores, ordered online, or by calling North Country Books, Inc. (800) 342- 7409.

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One Response

  1. Charles Herr charles Herr says:

    A detailed, well-documented and up to date history of logging and loggers’ lives in the Adirondacks has been long overdue. Congratulations to Jay on this his latest effort about Adirondack life.

    How wood was used for making pulp for paper and the history of the Linn tractor and its effect on moving logs adds to the benefits of owning this book.
    This book is a worthy addition to an Adirondack bookcase and informative for the general reader for learning about a significant industry of the north country.

    Thanks Jay for your latest work.

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