Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Family History In Print

Hi friends,
A couple of years ago, an old family friend published two limited edition books about the logging industry on the BC Coast from the 1930's to the 1970's that feature stories and pictures of some of my own family members. My grandfather and his father both worked with the author Len Crawford, and it was my grandmother who kindly supplied the photos of my family members for these books. Sadly, because these books were published in such a limited run, I wasn't able to get my own copies.
Well a couple of nights ago I was talking to my mom and she told me the books have been reprinted, so I wasted no time in ordering them. They got here Wednesday - and are signed by the author!

People who know me might find it kind of ironic that I love trees and would rather save them, yet my ancestors were loggers. I try not to think of all of the giant trees my grandfathers cut down. They were hard working men who did what was needed to get the job done and I share that spirit. I just apply it to a different trade.

My great grandfather on the left, and my grandfather on the right.

I never knew my great grandfather, but I remember my grandfather. He gave me my first guitar when I was 16. He worked at high altitudes and loved being on the water, and I figure that's where I get those traits from. I wish I had gotten to know him better before he passed away several years ago, but at least with these books I can get a little more insight into his life as well as the lives of some of my family members going back a few generations. I honestly can't tell you how special that is for me.

The Wandering Oak
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