The Lumberjacks

The Lumberjacks

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Short-listed for the 1978 Governor Generala€™s Award for Non-Fiction The 19th century spawned a unique breed of men who took pride in their woodsmen skills and rough codes of conduct. They called themselves lumberers, shantymen, timber beasts, les bucherons a€“ and, more recently, lumberjacks, working in the vast forests of eastern Canada and British Columbia. Across the country, farm boys would go to the woods, lumbering being the only winter work available. Immigrants a€“ Swedes and Finns more often than not a€“ resumed the trades they had learned so well in the forests of northern Europe. They broke the cold, hard monotony of camp life with songs, tall tales and card games. Within these pages, author Donald MacKay allows us a glimpse into that moment in our heritage when men entered the virgin forest to carve out an industry from the seemingly endless array of pine, spruce, maple and balsam fir found there.Egan, John, 25, 31, 89 Elk Lake, 269 Elk River, 273 Emberley, Peter (ballad), 1 10 , 111 Empire ... 33 Evans, David: donkey engines, 170 Faller (feller), 73, 75, 76, 82 Fernie, B.C., fire, 269 Field bunks, 230 Fights, 235, 261, 262, 263 Filers ... 13, 14, 22 Georgian Bay, 32, 5 7 German Prisoners of War (POWs), 2 24a€”7 Gibson, Alexander a€œBoss, a€ 31 Gigue, 240, 242. ... 164 Hawkesbury, Ont., 25 Hay hill, 105 Haywire, 151, 196 I-Iazen and White, 19 Headworks, 123, 124, 125 Hemlock trees, anbsp;...

Title:The Lumberjacks
Author: Donald MacKay
Publisher:Dundurn - 2007-05-15

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