Logging Scene | Painting | Wisconsin Historical Society


Logging Scene


A two-man team of sawers work on a massive tree with a crosscut saw (right) while a man with an an axe waits to trim branches. The trunks are then cut down to a manageable size and maneuvered by peaveys and cant hooks (left). A pair of oxen pull the log, secured with chains to a sled, out of the snow-covered woods.


Image ID: 2775

Creation Date:  

Creator Name: Arneson, Carl




Collection Name: WHS Museum Collection

Genre: Painting

Original Format Type: paintings

Original Format Number: 1957.430

Original Dimensions: 24 x 20 inches


Artist Carl Arneson was born in 1877 to Norwegian immigrant parents in Sumner Township, Barron County, Wisconsin. As a young man, Arneson worked in the logging camps of Knapp, Stout & Company in northwestern Wisconsin. The 1900 census shows Carl as a farm laborer living with his parents and siblings in Sumner. Arneson described his experiences as a lumberjack and farmer and explained his painting in a 1957 letter to the Historical Society.



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