Haywire

Ladysmith Logger, Gord Barney likes to look on the lighter side of the logging industry. Barney draws on nearly five decades of experience as a logger for his humorous cartoons, pen and ink sketches, stories and poetry. He pokes fun at the typical logging camp life.

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Ladysmith Logger, Gord Barney likes to look on the lighter side of the logging industry. Barney draws on nearly five decades of experience as a logger for his humorous cartoons, pen and ink sketches, stories and poetry. He pokes fun at the typical logging camp life. He writes comic profiles of some of the characters he has encountered over the years traveling the West Coast camps. Guys whose larger-than-life personalities have guaranteed them a place in logging mythology forever. Barney who began logging when he was 16 years old, first turned to pen and paper as a way of beating off the sheer boredom of hours in a bunkhouse at night, after work. “You’re stuck in a room with four walls and maybe a small window. As you lay on your bunk, staring at a water stain on the ceiling, or watching a spider catch a fly in his web, you start to wonder. Is this all there is?” he explains. “You feel cut off from the outside world and your family. A lot of guys drink or do drugs to beat off the boredom. I did that too, but to me it was a dead end street. I always drew cartoons but soon began drawing and writing poems and stories to amuse myself in camp at night.”