Hi everyone, thanks for popping back around here to The Hollow today!  We really appreciate your visit.  We’re definitely back to the BC Forest Discovery Centre today as we continue our photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” and take a look at a couple of pieces of hardware used historically in the logging industry, and now are on display at the centre here.

Forest fires are a dangerous thing to encounter, and here in BC on the west coast of Canada we sure get our fair share of them during hot and dry summers.  As we explored the grounds of the facility we came across this great find…

Fire Fighting Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Fire Fighting Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Ultimately it was my best friend, Mudpuppy, who discovered this items true use.  It’s definitely a piece of fire fighting equipment.  You can see the spools on top of the tank where the fire hose would be wound up and we assume the tank itself is intended to hold a lot of water.  This scene presented itself with great, vibrant colors and the historical aspect to fire fighting further added elements of interest.

Fire Fighting Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Fire Fighting Equipment - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

The tires appeared to be some form of pressed on rubber onto the rims.  This does make sense as standard air-filled tires would undoubtedly have big problems in the middle of a forest fire with the intense heat being put off from the flames.  This shot was really great due to the texturing and weathering evident on the tires and the unit itself.

Giant Saw Blade - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

Giant Saw Blade - BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, BC, Canada

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with fire fighting, but has everything to do with tools used in the logging industry historically.  This is a HUGE saw blade.  This isn’t going to fit on your standard circular saw you just picked up from Home Depot the other day for $99.  You’re going to need something much bigger than that.

The scale of the tools used in the industry are rather hard to get your head around.  As this series progresses we do have more images to share that are pertinent to all this and will shed more light on the magnitude of things.  I always find it absolutely amazing to consider the ingenuity and engineering that went into the design of these sorts of solutions to problems…  remembering this all happened around 100 years ago now, well before the advent of modern automation.

Thanks so kindly for your visit today, it’s much appreciated!  Please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. avatar Rick says:

    Wow so cool! That saw blade looks like something out of a horror movie!

  2. Nice set of images here. That saw blade would be perfect for some horror movie filmed in the woods. 😮

  3. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    That is one epic saw blade! Your title cracked me up too!

  4. avatar Mike says:

    A great piece of history and some very fine images to go with it today Toad. I admit that I got a belly laugh from your title today!

  5. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Now that is what I call a saw! You could really cut up a lot of watermelon with that! Good stuff Toad.

  6. avatar Jim Denham says:

    More great nostalgia Toads! Well done!

  7. avatar Jim Nix says:

    great title!! LOL nicely done as usual my friend, sorry for being so absent this week, it’s been a bear but Friday is almost here!!

  8. Hmmmm….Fire Putter Outer….is that a technical term. Lol! Great images. That saw is very scary looking.

  9. avatar Jan Winther says:

    Wow, that saw blade is huge!!!! Cool place. Great stuff as usual Toad.

  10. avatar A.Barlow says:

    So THAT’S what a Fire Putter Outer Thing looks like! 🙂

    Nice shots here today senior Toad. That saw blade looks crazy big too!

  11. avatar chriscaff says:

    Interesting bit of kit and great photo’s as usual. Keep up the good work!