Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ

Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ

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Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco Signed by author. W/ DJ
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynwood Carranco  Signed by author
Hard cover with dust jacket (has some corner damage / tears)
Copyright 1982 218 pages
Among all the kinds of lumber produced in America, California Redwood is unique. In the first place the trees are incomparably the largest that grow anywhere on the face of the earth. Everything about Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) and Sequoiadendron giganteum (Sierra Redwood) is large. Many of the trees are 20 feet or more in diameter, weigh nearly 1,500 tons, and rear their majestic hulk skyward 300 feet into the heavens. The Coast Redwoods are the most conducive to logging and have provided commercial lumber since the 1770's. The story of the California redwood lumber industry is the subject of this book.
The discovery of gold in California in 1848 turned the steady trickle of newcomers into a flood and sent the demand for lumber soaring. Almost simultaneously there appeared, in what would become known as the Redwood Country (the three northwest California counties of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte), a new breed of men, eager and entrepreneurial, possessed with both capital and business "savvy," and the determination to reap a fortune from redwood lumbering.
The first portion of this book deals with the evolution of logging, from the first backbreaking methods to the coming of the steam donkey engine, and later to the high lead systems and tractors. The invention and improvement of the drag saws eliminated the felling of the giant redwoods by axes, but it was the invention of the versatile chain saw that would improve production. Transformation occurred over the years in the sawmills with the coming of band saws, to the present day application of modern electronic and automatic pushbutton systems. For years the only practical method of exporting lumber was by sea. Explained are the difficulties of bringing the ships into the treacherous harbors along the coast, the hazardous methods of loading ships in the dogholes, and the early shipyards located along the north coast. Not forgotten are the early logging railroads which improved log transportation to the mills and which carried the lumber to North American destinations. The transport of lumber aboard ocean-going vessels continued to provide outlets of redwood to foreign ports.
The eager redwood capitalists are presented in the second portion of this book. The first wave consisted of individual men of daring ingenuity who took every risk and full advantage of every opportunity in reaping their fortunes. The second wave of capitalists (from 1900 on) were men backed by investors and bankers from around the nation. And in 1956 the huge Georgia-Pacific Corporation entered the last lumber frontier in the United States.
It was the creation of the Redwood National Park in 1968, and its further expansion in 1978, that forced many of the small redwood lumber firms and those dependent on logs to close down, thus making the Redwood Country a depressed area. The author explains that there is still a promising future in the new mills designed to handle the smaller and younger logs, the hope of increased expansion of reforestation, and the breakthrough in applying the science of genetics to redwood forestry.
The Appendices provide useful information on all the redwood mills from the earliest times to the present day in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties.
Here is the full story of California's redwood lumber industry - a big, generous slab of it - served up in an easy-to-read style with a matchless picture gallery of redwood logging and lumbering.
Table of Contents
Preface  9
Chapter 1 - The Discovery of Los Palos Colorados  11
Chapter 2 - Felling the Giants  17
Chapter 3 - A Tale of Two Saws  43
Chapter 4 - Big Trees on the Move  51
Chapter 5 - Cutting at the Sawmill  79
Chapter 6 - Shipping the Product  85
Chapter 7 - Logging the Mendocino Coast  105
Chapter 8 - Redwood Country Railroads  117
Chapter 9 - Redwood Capitalists and Companies: The First Wave  141
Chapter 10 - Redwood Capitalists and Companies: The Second Wave 155
Chapter 11 - Redwood Mills in Mendocino County  169
Chapter 12 - Redwood Mills in Del Norte County  179
Chapter 13 - Impact of Redwood National Park  185
Chapter 14 - The Promising Future  191
Appendix  195
A - Early Humboldt County Lumber Mills  196
B - Early Mendocino County Lumber Mills  204
Bibliography  211
Index  214

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