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Festus Grimes    Posted 08-18-2002 at 16:04:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
About loggin above the timberline like I mentioned a few days ago. On the surface of it, it might seem a contradiction in terms. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Anyways, seein that post about the old chain saw down below prompted me to make this informative post concerning the chain saws we used when logging the virgin Krumholz forest above the timberline.
Now, as you all know, the (deleted) tractor is one rare far ahead of it's time that it was doomed to failure. Well, that same (Essex) company that made the (deleted) tractor also made a special saw just for logging in the Krumholz. The bar and chain, rather than sticking straight out as the operator works, actually went out about a foot, then made a 90o corner to the left and was an additional 2' long. The reason they were built this way was because of the conditions we Krumholz loggers had to work under. You see, up above the timberline, the wind seldom stops blowing. You have to make your cuts with the wind at your back or risk a face full of sawdust.
The chain was no ordinary thing either since it had to bend two ways. I'm telling you, you ain't seen nothing until you've seen one of them Essex Bidirectional (deleted) chain saws at work in the hands of a skilled logger.
Killer bein left-handed had to have one custom made with the bend in the bar going the other way so's he could operate it safely.
Hey, isn't King of the Hill on tonight. I'll check back with you later if you want to know anything more about logging with yaks above the timberline in the Krumholz.

bob ny    Posted 08-19-2002 at 08:24:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
personaly i think you guys have worked in the thin air too long but i love to read it thanks for giving an old man a laugh

Festus How Could I Have Been So Stupid Grimes    Posted 08-19-2002 at 03:14:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Obviously I have stirred some interest in the subject of logging above the timberline with yaks. Up until now, I bet there weren't more than a handful of people in the world that ever knew there was such a thing that ever occurred.
I have to confess that I have made a major error which has probably caused a great deal of consternation in you, the readers. I left an "m" out of Krummholz. I can just imagine the torture many of you must have gone through as you typed "Krumholz" into your search engines and came up with some fool rock star or something. I hope you can forgive my egregious, careless oversight.
Believe it or not, I couldn't get any of the most popular search engines to come up with a single item about yaks in the Krummholz so I guess the story is destined to remain obscure and only known about by us few afficionadoes. It's probably just as well.
Now, maybe if I had typed in "gnu" instead......

Fergus Dingle    Posted 08-18-2002 at 22:36:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had one of them saws and boys they could cut the wood! Mine was the model that you started on gas and then when it warmed up you switched it over to tractor fuel. I pawned it in French Guiana and never did go back to get it. Yup, that was one fine saw. That Auto-Sharpen Diamond Cutter Chain was the feature I like best.

Ole - yaks in the Krumholz?    Posted 08-18-2002 at 20:05:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh Yaaaa, vee usa yaks on rettvoots too! Yump onna sticker, maka nots in da park, suvvel sant onna sanesaw to put ta pits fire out, maka nots teeper, setta yak ant putt maybe 4 yaks, ten trinka peer untila vint ties town, feller onna flaks. If you missa flaks, mighty swell cass up da druck cuz you ain't verkin in dat state nomore. I kvit toe - now i swinga suvvel ant fill up Krumholz. :)

Grove r    Posted 08-18-2002 at 22:56:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya, das vas gudt moro! Din vas viktig tri! ha bra un, R.E.L.

Fawteen...Didja ever...    Posted 08-18-2002 at 16:26:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
run into Knothead LaRue up there? I heard he headed up thataway after he finished logging off the Sahara Forest.

You'd know him if ya ever seen him. I don't wanna say he had unusually long arms or nothin', but the boy could (and usually did) run both sides of a two-man buck saw. Took two felling crews to keep ahead of him.

He was he!! on wheels on the weekends. He'd amble inta town and get likkered up, wind up dancin' with two different wimmen at the same time, and they'd never even meet each other...

Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 08-18-2002 at 21:53:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ol' Knothead La Rue is my girl friend, Naughty Fingers La Rue's Uncle. Yup, she's got them long arms, too. I guess that's why she gives such a good massage! While he was over in the Sahara, he picked up the dreaded Camelphobicparalisis which caused him to faint when he smoked a camel cigarette. They were his favorite brand, too. In order to save his life he switched to Lucky Strike but he always longed for his camels. He is remembered for developing the intergral tire iron and the three legged racing cow.

Hogman    Posted 08-18-2002 at 16:24:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cousin Festus Your a truthful man in always and I know for a fact that what You have said is tha absolute honest ta Heavons truth in every way but I think You made one teeny little mistake
. As I recall from what Uncle Snodgrass told Me about what His third cousin said (You remember Him,Leftys Youngest son in law,off hand Sawyer) them blades was 26 inchs long past tha 90 degree alteration in direction,not tha 2 foot as You indicated.

Forgive tha correction but We must maintain absolute factuality in Re ta tha ESSEX Co products lest future generations become confused about em.
Trustin Your understandin of this delicate matter. Your humble servant Pigboy

Fawteen...I belive I understand    Posted 08-18-2002 at 16:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
the cause of this apparent conflict. I suspect Festus was talking about Imperial inches, 24 of which does indeed measure up to 26 Stateside inches.

Hogman*** FESTUS,KIND SIR    Posted 08-18-2002 at 16:44:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I plead,please forgive My abject audasity ta in any way guestion Your accuracy of reportin true tales of grandur from tha loggin camps above tha timberline. It was just not payin attention ta what Ole off hand was sayin,bein a true Son of tha Southern Soil I have no comprehension of them meteric type measurins.

He did mention in passin that them Yaks could'nt pull as much as a good Offenhouser nitro fueled Ox could. Course they was more used ta tha thin air up there so mabe made up fer it.

Festus Grimes    Posted 08-18-2002 at 19:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hogman, you are absolutely right about a couple of things: first about the length of the bar past the right (well, all right, LEFT angle). It's been so many years since most people has heard the term "Imperial" in regards to measurements that I plum forgot that 24 Imperial inches is the same length as 26 (what's the word for Un-Imperial?) inches. Many thanks to Fawteen for pointing that out.
Second point you mentioned that deserves further elaboration is about the rarity of the air up there in the Krumholz. Part of the reason that virgin forest grows like it does is the lack of oxygen. I have noticed that out west the timberline is up around 10 or 11 thousand feet. Obviously there's more to the equation than just oxygen since around these parts the timberline is more like 4 thousand feet.
One more thing I'd like to point out while I have all of your attentions: that special (deleted) chain saw with its unique bar and chain was just what the doctor ordered for logging that Krumholz since it mostly grows horizontal anyways.

DeadCarp - word for Un-Imperial?)    Posted 08-18-2002 at 20:09:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fahrenheit, that's the word you're looking for. Fahrenheit and an absolute knockout in a bathing suit - WooWeee!!!

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