The speaker is a 55-year-old White man with a grade school education from Cale, Arkansas; he was recorded in 1967.
|Inf: In forty-one, I went to contracting log haulers for myself. We cut ???em with crosscut saws, two men to a saw. Today, we cut ???em with power saws, use skidders, tractors, loaders, and they unload ???em at the sawmills. [unintelligible background conversation]
FW: Well, uh, what, uh, what kinda logs do you normally cut for, uh, pulpwood? You can go ahead and sit in the chair, you don???t have to.
Inf: Well, I don???t cut pulpwood [FW: You don???t]. I don???t cut, but [FW: What would be] pine, it???d be pine.
FW: Pine. What, uh, what do they normally, uh, what length do they cut pulpwood in, the people who do cut it?
Inf: Five foot two.
FW: Five-two. And they call a piece of pulpwood that long?
Inf: Call it a billet here.
FW: Billet. And uh, all, how big a log is normally used for pulpwood?
Inf: Oh, from four to about fourteen, sixteen inches through.
FW: I see. They have to be four inches, though. That???s the minimum?
Inf: About four inches at the top.
FW: And, uh, how big does a log have to be in order to be sent to the mill?
Inf: (Aw), from nine inches [FW: I mean the sawmill, yeah]. About nine inches on up, big as you can get.
FW: Yeah. Oh. What, let???s see. You mentioned crosscut saw. Were there any other tools that you used in logging besides the crosscut saw?
Inf: Well, we used chop-axes and we did our loading with mules up until the last two or three years.
FW: What kind of a hitch or chain or whatever you call it did you use to hitch on the logs with from the harness (xx)?
Inf: Well, we used stretchers and grabs.