Friday, January 20, 2012

Working in the Woods Today - at Campbell River Museum, Jan 27 - Apr 24, 2012

The Campbell River Museum has just posted their online announcement of the Working in the Woods Today exhibition: almost 60 large photographs of the coastal forest industry in the 20th century.

The exhibition will be open at the "Changing Gallery" at the Museum from January 27 - April 24, 2012. The "official opening" is being held on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Everyone interested in the coastal forest industry is encouraged to attend.

"Where's Waldo?" See if you can find the hooktender and chokerman in this image of Ironside Contracting logging in Hardy Inlet, in the River's Inlet region, August 2011.

Images are drawn from several shoots done by photographer Hans Peter Meyer between 2005 and 2012. They feature people working in the coastal forest industry in locations from Buckley Bay, Bear Bay / McCreight Lake, and Chamiss Bay on Vancouver Island, Broughton Island, Loughborough Inlet, Bute Inlet, Knight Inlet, and several locations in the Rivers Inlet region. Companies featured include Mike Hamilton Logging, BenWest Logging, Wakhash Contracting, Olympic Forest Products, Helifor Industries, Ironside Contracting, and Interfor (Coastal Woodlands Division).

The exhibition is a sample of work being done by Hans Peter Meyer for a book about the coastal forest industry, Working in the Woods Today. Meyer hopes that sales from the exhibition will help support continued work on the book project.

Current project supporters
Meyer would like to thank Interfor (Coastal Woodlands Division) and Mike Hamilton Logging for their sponsorship of work done to date. Meyer also acknowledges the support of an informal advisory committee to the project:
  • Otto Schulte (Interfor), 
  • Harry Barret (Interfor), 
  • Mike Hamilton (Mike Hamilton Logging), 
  • Don Bendickson (BenWest Logging), 
  • Bill Dumont (RPF), 
  • Dave Lewis (Truck Loggers Association),
  • Rick Wangler (United Steelworkers Local 1-1937), 
  • Morgan Kennah (Island Timberlands).

Want to help build the book?
If you would like to support the Working in the Woods Today / Coastal Forest Industry Project, please contact Hans Peter Meyer via email at, @CoastalForest (twitter), the Facebook project page at, telephone at 250-792-1408, or post at hans peter meyer / Coastal Forest Industry Project, 1640A Willemar Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 3M3.

You can also contribute online via Help Build the Book.

20 January 2012

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