A loggers’ life: How John Kirner has changed with the timber industry

John Kirner remembers falling tall timber with an ax and saw.

He also recalls the first time he saw a chain saw.

At age 97, Kirner is believed to be the oldest active logger living on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Kirner recently completed construction of a new home after cutting his own timber, a good 80 years after his logging career began.

“Seems like I’ve been in the logging business one way or another all my life,” says Kirner of Dungeness. “I cut logs most of the time.”

Kirner grew up in the logging business on the North Olympic Peninsula.

He watched it change from a backbreaking physical industry for only the strongest of men to the less strenuous — but still demanding — business it is today.

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