Cameron pointed out this old stump to me in the way dogs do when on a forest walk. At first I thought, “Hey, that’s pretty funny.” Then I realized a piece of history like this should be left to age gracefully and that this was not so funny after all. I thought back to my favourite Salt Spring springboard stump and decided to re-post content from March of 2016:
This massive Cedar stump (about 10 feet high) is evidence of the early days of logging on Salt Spring Island. In order to reduce the amount of cutting (by hand) and make possible the cutting of a tree on a steep slope, the loggers cut notches to accommodate ‘springboards’. They would then stand on the springboards and cut the tree above the much wider butt. This would not only reduce the amount of work but would make transporting the log possible. Or so I’ve read…
For me it was a beautiful moment with exquisite light and colours—and a glimpse into the past.