In memory of a lumberjack – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas
This photograph/digital piece of a wood carving of lumberjack attire was taken at Collier Logging Museum and State Park in Klamath County, Oregon. It is a wonderful museum that takes you through the history of the lumber industry in Southern Oregon. For this piece, the colors were enhanced through digital software.
The term lumberjack is primarily historical; logger is used by workers in the 21st century. When lumberjack is used, it usually refers to a logger from an earlier time before the advent of chainsaws, feller-bunchers and other modern logging equipment. Other terms for the occupation include woodcutter, shanty boy and the colloquial term woodhick (Pennsylvania, US).
A logger employed in driving logs down a river was known locally in northern North America as a river pig, catty-man, river hog, or river rat. The term lumberjill has been known for a woman who does this work; for example, in Britain during World War II In Australia, the occupation is referred to as timber cutter or cool cutters. Lumberjacks worked in lumber camps and often lived a migratory life, following timber harvesting jobs as they opened. Being a lumberjack was seasonal work. Lumberjacks were exclusively men. They usually lived in bunkhouses or tents. Common equipment included the axe and cross-cut saw. Lumberjacks could be found wherever there were vast forests to be harvested and a demand for wood, most likely in Scandinavia, Canada, and parts of the United States.
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