Forestry and Sawmill

SAWMILL

The Women’s Timber Corps was established during WW2 to take the place of the men. They stayed at Letters Lodge and worked at St Catherines Sawmill cutting pit props.

Timber Corp
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Margaret Campbell with Dolly the horse
FS1-023 Margaret Campbell with Dolly the horse at St. Catherines

COWAL ARI SAWMILL

Information on Cowal Ari Sawmill
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Information on Cowal Ari Sawmill
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Information on Cowal Ari Sawmill
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Sawmill
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At the Sawmill, Donald Campbell (Bute) worked in the boiler house which fired the steam up for the kiln. The steam came from an old railway engine and went down a pipe and into the kiln. The wood went though on bogies to be dried out which took about three days.

Sawmill
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Sawmill
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Sawmill
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John MacLennan at the Sawmill
FS1-014 John MacLennan abt. 1962
Roddy Luke, Haulage Contractor for Cowal Ari Sawmill abt. 1962
FS1-015 Roddy Luke, Haulage Contractor for Cowal Ari Sawmill abt. 1962
Donald MacNab From MacNab & Weir, Haulage Contractors
FS1-016 Donald MacNab – MacNab & Weir, Haulage Contractors, abt. 1962
Early 1960's John MacLennan, Roddy Luke and Donald McNab
FS1-017 Early 1960’s John MacLennan, Roddy Luke and Donald McNab

FORESTRY

Glenbranter Estate Information
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Donald Campbell (Snr.) was employed in 1940 for Planting. He was Ganger to the men at the Industrial Camp in Glenbranter (see Glenbranter Estate page). A lot of the Forestry roads were built by the camp men.

letter of holding confirmation
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letter of holding confirmation
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Horses were used for ploughing and also needed to drag wood before winches. There were over 20 work horses and the farrier came from Strone to shoe them.

Jimmy Fleming, Strachur, was the first man to invent a locking carriage (held the trees off the ground rather than dragging along the ground).

A nursery growing trees was from Balliecur, Balliemeanach to the Sawmill. Women were employed to tend the small trees. Also local women were employed Brashing (small branches taken off at the bottom of trees), weeding round new trees, cutting bracken and fertilizing at the nursery.

Forestry
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McNab and Weir lorry picking up felled trees at Balliemeanach
FS1-018 McNab and Weir lorry picking up felled trees at Balliemeanach
Mrs. McNab standing in front of McNab & Weir Lorry
FS1-019 Mrs. McNab standing in front of McNab & Weir Lorry
Donald McNab loading wood
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T.N. Thomson, Artist Painting
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Commemoration tree planted at Glenbranter Forestry Workshop
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Commemoration tree planted at Glenbranter Forestry Workshop
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photo of Forestry winch
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Forestry Worker
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Forestry Worker
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Forestry
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Forestry Worker
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2 replies on “Forestry and Sawmill”

Davey Scott was one of the men who worked in the 1950s in the woods felling trees and selling them for pit props. Davy was an accomplished accordion player and played at dances in the local area. He coached Donald Campbell (Bute) who went on to make a name for himself playing the accordion.

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