The largest of the Radiata pine logs weighed about 12 tonnes. The loggers had to chain up the logs and use a grapple to drag them on to the truck. The process took a lot of “wiggling and jiggle” and “heaving and hoing”. It took a lot of time to handle just one tree and they could only do two or three a day.
City Forests marketing and logistics manager Kent Chalmers said the logs were being shipped to the Port of Incheon, the industrial area of Seoul, South Korea. The logs would be used for traditional style Korean furniture, in a similar style that New Zealanders might use a slab of macrocarpa as an outdoor table, he said.
“They like it because of the character and because they are so old, they are very dimensionally stable.”
Photo: Supplied by C3, Source: ODT