Sometimes in life you’re given a batch of lemons, and the typical response is to grab a juicer and make a pail of lemonade. I prefer Lemon Meringue Pie. Everybody likes pie, right? We’ve been using our photography lately to share stories using metaphors, and with all the hustle and bustle of life Mrs. Toad and I have been encountering lately, nothing speaks more to this than leveling the yard and starting afresh. So, let’s segue right into an antique road grader, shall we?
Today’s post is a continuation of a running series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” that we have been working on recently. These pictures were all taken on a fabulous day of adventure we had this summer at the BC Forest Discovery Centre here in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. We were visiting the centre with our dearest friends, Mr. and Mrs. Mudpuppy and really enjoyed checking out all the antique equipment and artifacts that are on display at this massive facility. This road grader was definitely something that caught our eye, and we were delighted to have a chance to capture a small series of photographs.
Necessity was the mother of all invention back in the times that our area was founded and development began. The logging industry was a backbone of our economic structure, and this continues today, albeit somewhat abated by recent changes in the financial climate and issues in the logging industry in general. Equipment was designed and manufactured to fit a specific need, and close scrutiny of this antique Adams Motor Grader shows this design to be both complex and simple at the same time.
Roads needed to be created to get the equipment and manpower required for logging in and out of the dense and lush forests of our land here. This road grader was intended to make this job a bit easier. Great textures and details still live on in this wonderful antique logging utensil, producing some pretty great opportunities for photography to bring these details to life. There were no GPS systems, no air-conditioned cabs… no power steering, for that matter… everything was designed and built to operate with gears, wires and pulleys back then.
For a Toad who loves all things mechanical and vehicles in particular, this scene when encountered came across to me as an invitation rather than a warning. Three steering wheels await the heavy-duty equipment fan, almost creating a situation that is far too tempting for yours truly here to ignore. If only I could find the keys… I looked above the sun visor and couldn’t find any, so alas we had to go without riding around in this gem on the day we were here. At least we came away with some really great memories and photographs to share with everyone.
All this antique equipment that is on display at the Forestry Centre is really incredible to take in. Most of the gear is huge in scale, and you can picture the back-breaking efforts early loggers went through to get deep into the forests and bring out some of the fabulous wood resources. Even today logging is considered one of the most dangerous jobs around, but back in the time this grader was in active use things were 1,000 times more dangerous for the workers. I can’t help but reflect on all these people who put their lives in danger, and in some cases lost them, all in the name of progress and building a new life for themselves and all who follow. These are true sacrifices by real heroes.
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