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Winter Logging with our Oxen Bright & Lion

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Published on Mar 16, 2011

Today was such a nice day we couldn't pass up the opportunity to yoke up the oxen and head to the woods. Since this logging takes place across the road and off the museum site we decided to bring the camera along so our YouTube fans can have an opportunity to see it.

After yoking up, Cameron along with the oxen made their way down to the sleigh where they met up with Barry their helping hand for the day. With a quick lift of the sleigh pole and a drop of the backing bolt they were bound for the woods.

After arriving back at the clearing they switched the sleigh out for a chain and began hauling logs to the brow. One by one working their way through the snow which at times was quite deep, they hauled the logs to the brow. After reaching the brow all it took was a few good rolls with the peavey and the logs made their way to the end of the brow to be loaded at another time.

After all the logs were loaded on the brow they preceded back and hooked fast to the sleigh. After some quick digging by Barry a stave wood pile was cleared off and the loading began. Buried by a few snowfalls the frozen pile of logs broke free with a few good pries with the peavey, a tool that's commonly used for traditional logging.

After loading up with stave wood they ran a chain around the pile, cinched it tight and made for the farm. About halfway out of the woods Cameron, Barry & the Oxen stopped for a short rest. While there Cameron tightened up his yoke straps to finish off the last leg of the haul up over the hill and into the yard.

Pulling up next to the skids in the yard Cameron and Barry off loaded the stave wood just in time to head back to the barn and go for dinner.

Seeing Oxen working in their element really makes you see why they were so important and prominent in Nova Scotia. Being up to their chests in deep snow or swamps is hardly a challenge for these gentle giants. With their hard working attitude and shear strength it's easy to see why Ox teamsters take so much pride in their teams.

Everyone at Ross Farm loves to see people continuing to work with Oxen, they are such a great part of our history here in Nova Scotia!

Produced By: Robert Hutt (Charing Cross Productions Limited)

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