The first time I visited the hardwood forests of Pennsylvania I was handed a hardhat. At first I thought the loggers were just trying to get me to wear a stupid hat, but within about three minutes, I realized I was wrong.
Logging is incredibly dangerous. And while I marveled at the beautiful forests and huge kilns during that visit, I was mostly astounded by how easy it is to get killed by a falling tree.
Recently Drew and Louise Langsner of Country Workshops lost a member of their family to a logging accident, which Peter Follansbee has written about here. Definitely worth a read.
For many of us, it’s easy to think about wood in the way that we think about our food – it comes from the store. Truth is, wood (and food) come from people who risk their health and lives for us.
So if you know a logger, thank them for me.
— Christopher Schwarz