Worked at Georgia Pacific Redwood Mill in the 70's
Only one to wear a mask....
At break time, I would empty the dust out of the filter in an envelope.
End of the week I dumped the pile of dust on the break table......
Needless to say, mask were started to be worn after that......
terrible place to work.....it was a job......
swing shift.....from 4 to 11 at night....tough.
Non stop, handling wood products, and would wear out a pair of leather
gloves easily in a night.
Saw filers had a tough job, as well as maintenance.....
many deaths at the mill.
Accidental saw fly off due to metal in logs.....band saw would go
I am sure much of that has changed...
could tell more stories.....like the "Hog"
"Leon" wrote in message
Big Creek was/is a good mill company. They use copters to fly
out wood and take care of the land and roads.
I had 4 acres of Coastal Redwoods, most of which were 100' to 150'
tall. Sold the place with all of them standing. I had large room
size stumps from when the area was clear cut to rebuild San Francisco
after the 1905 earthquake.
I am still sad when I remember what the tree huggers did to the
Old Gray Whale Tree Farm. Over a 100 year old farm that selectively
cut while maintaining good stock. On the western shores and hills
just north of Santa Cruz. They lost the farm to the crazies and
big money (more crazies).
On 11/12/2014 9:07 AM, jloomis wrote:
"Leon" wrote in message
On 11/11/2014 3:23 PM, Pat Barber wrote:
I bet! Cool machinery.
I took some of my students on a tour once, and the buyer who was giving the
tour took us inside the operator cab and started explaining what was
happening. In a minute or two, the operator lost concentration and hung a
blade. Of course, it has to be taken of and straightened after that. Even
that process is fairly automated. Those operators are rock stars. So much
to keep in the air!
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I did a self guided tour of the PALCO plant in Scotia, CA back about
1997. Very interesting. Not a scrap was wasted, what couldn't be used
as finger-joint material they burned to run the plant. They had a log
pond and the guys with caulk boots were directing the logs toward the
in-feed chain and from there it went to the debarker. The debarker
consisted of a guy in a booth controlling a water cannon and literally
knocking the bark off the logs. Occasionally a log would come through
that had a split or defect in it and the pressure of the water would
split it lengthwise.
I always liked to play in water. That would be a fun job for a day.
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