A Glossary of Logging Terminology

A Glossary of Logging Terminology

To better understand the logging industry in general, read some of the terms that directly relate to it, here. These words we explain and define help create a glossary of logging terminology that will help educate others. It is important to note that these aren’t all of the terms; however, they’re some of the most common that people use regarding logging in general.

Logging—When someone converts trees into logs. 

Log—A segment that has been sawed or split from a tree. 

Saw Log—Logs that are manufactured into lumber.

Wire Rope—A flexible steel rope made up of numerous wire strands. The strands are then twisted together and wrapped around the core.

Landing—Any place where logs are laid after they have been cut and before they are taken to a worksite.

Yarding—The movement of logs from the place they fell to a landing.

Logging Chocker—The sling used to encircle the end of a log for yarding. One end goes around the load and through a loop eye, while there is a device at the other end of the string. This device is hooked onto equipment that lifts or pulls the log.

Guard Rail—The rail that is used to restrain a person.

Hooktender—The individual that supervises the moving of the logs from the woods to the landing.

Kick-Back—A strong thrust of the saw back toward the individual. This causes a loss of control of the saw.

Topping—Cutting off the top section of a standing tree.

Again, it is important to note that these are not all the terms that directly correspond with logging. However, hopefully, our glossary of logging terminology helps you understand the process of logging a little better.

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