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Logging Arch
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Richard K    Posted 09-02-2003 at 10:37:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have tried to contact K. Ratliff who's note about building logging arches pops up when I log on to I keep getting my Emails returned as undeliverable. Does anybody know how to get in touch with Mr Ratliff? There are too many K. Ratliffs in Kentucky to start working my way down the list. Or, does anybody out there have info on building or purchasing an arch for a small property owner with a bunch of beetle killed trees?

Salmoneye    Posted 09-03-2003 at 05:17:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you don't need to go down a road or worry about tearing up the woods, just use a cinch...

Make a 6 inch loop in one end of a 6 foot piece of 1/4 inch cable...Add a hook to the other end...Pass the hook through the loop and slip it over the end of a log...Wrap the rest of the cable over the 3-point drawbar and attach the hook...List the end of the log an inch and 'snake' it where you want...

I do many cord of wood like this every year...

K Ratliff    Posted 06-24-2004 at 17:40:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Email me I have units used for sale or can build a new one. Also have plans to build a self loading log trailer by end of summer. Easier to build two then just one.

Lazy Al    Posted 09-03-2003 at 04:46:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a brochure from norwoodindustries that
has one in that you could buy or maybe make one .
norwoodindustries .com.

Redneck    Posted 09-03-2003 at 03:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buy a set of logging tongs and chain them to the draw bar.If it ain't something you're going to use for 50 years everyday,it works well.

Fawteen    Posted 09-02-2003 at 11:06:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The link will take you to Novajack, who builds a lot of small operation logging stuff.

I built my own from bits and pieces out of my scrap pile to log off insect-killed larch trees. I haul it behind my compact diesel tractor.

You can see it at

You'll have to cut and paste the URL, as I can only post one link per message.

If you have questions about mine, post back here, and I'll try to help.

deadcarp-ginpole?    Posted 09-02-2003 at 13:01:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh THaT log arch - i guess i was thinking ginpole- the thing used to stack logs & load them on sleds. We had one, storebought, could be rigged & operated with 1 horse, 12 feet at the swivel and had 2 pulleys there. it was fancy enough to have cast sleeves at the end of the poles too. only the cast-iron hardware's left now.

Don't you mean...    Posted 09-02-2003 at 11:17:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tamarac?...Dang weeds...



Fawteen - Yup    Posted 09-02-2003 at 15:03:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Eastern Larch, aka Tamarack, locally known as Hackmatack. Grow fast, die young, leave a useless corpse.

Actually, it has pretty good rot resistance, and while technically a softwood, when it's dry ya gotta drill a hole in it to hammer a nail through it. I've got a couple bridges built outta the stuff.

Ayuh...    Posted 09-02-2003 at 18:14:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
They still use it around her for 'short' power poles...

That and pole-barns...

I was (and am still) stumped when I was told that many places West of the Great-Lakes use it as a 'staple' firewood...

Aint even considered a good BonFire wood here...

Salmoneye, The Perpetually Confused

old fart    Posted 09-02-2003 at 23:36:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hot fire, clean burning with very little ashes. Tough to get ahold of here. Most of the tamarac here is on state land and tied up by the DNR. Have ruined a airtight stove with firekilled tamarac, totally warped it out of shape burning to hot, was hard like bowling pins. Have a great day from northern Minnesota.

Les    Posted 09-02-2003 at 18:33:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was at Lake Misstassini, which is about 600 miles straight north of here (well, maybe a little west), the Cree Indians thought spruce was great firewood. Of course they've never seen anything like rock maple, beech or oak.

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