Tim-ber has received it's first request, thank you. A business trip away, and a stumble with uploading images using the blog editing template have delayed the response.
Reader mr. beer n. hockey suggested I write about boom men, those agile workers who rode the logs and manouvered them with pike poles and peaveys.
This request brought back good memories, as I began my own career on the log booms.
Anyone who has spent any time on or near the coast of BC will recognize the image above as a log boom, a group of logs likely assembled 'up coast' and towed to a sawmill or pulp mill. In the old days most of the making of the booms was done by hand. Now boom boats do much of the work.
Here is an artist's impression of an early boom man at work.
Stay tuned for more on the topic of log booms.