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Banking ground:    A landing area to which logs are hauled before loading or river driving.

Boom:    A string of logs chained together at the ends to form a barrier holding logs in one place in a pond, lake, or river until ready for driving downstream.

Calks:    Sharp cleats or spikes on the soles of boots worn by lumber- jacks and river drivers.

Drive:     To float logs on a river from the forest to a mill or shipping point.

Hauling road:     Main road leading from the woods to a landing or banking ground.

Jam:    A tangle of logs in a stream or river.

Kedging:    Moving a boom across the surface of the water by turning a winch or by pulling with a boat.

Logging sled:    A heavy double sled used to haul logs.

Peavy:    A tool used for rolling logs. A peavy is capped by an iron spike with a long metal hook.

Pike pole:    A long pole with one or two hooks on the end, used to move logs from a boat or a river bank.

Pulpwood:    Raw material for a paper mill.

Saw timber:    Trees suitable for the production of building lumber.

Skid:    To drag logs on the ground from the stump to a skidway or landing.

Skidway:    A pair of logs, usually supported by a framework, on which logs are piled for storage.

Spud:    A tool with a metal blade used to remove bark.

Swampers:    Men who cut trails for skidders and horses.

Tote road:    A supply road to a lumber camp.

Van:    The lumber camp store.

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