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Old 04-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
havalotta
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To the right is a part of a log I had flipped over. To the left, Its impression.
Living in logging country, we get a lot of sawed off ends washing up on the shore....Especially at ice out!

Way back during the lumber days, after the trees were cut down, they whacked the ends of their harvest with a heavy metal mallet that bore their signature and rolled them into the river to float down to the awaiting mills. The marks told them who to pay for the harvest. Scoundrels and cheaters often trimmed just a hair off the end of the logs to re-brand them with one of their own markings for payment.
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