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Thread: End of an era and new beginnings

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    End of an era and new beginnings

    Well yesterday saw the end of my career in forestry only 9 years but as a young buck pretty much 95% of my working life. For the most part it was and enjoyable and satisfying job, but also had to deal with some of the hardest shit the industry can throw at you. Met some absolute legends along the way especially at the start of my career in the Nelson/Malborough regions.

    Sitting here this morning looking through my old "work pics" folder and figured some on here may appreciate.

    This is a bit of a snow storm that came through our job in Queen Charlotte forest, thats the front end of our old Wilson log Hauler.
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    This is off the same skid but oppisite direction, Cook Straight and North Island.
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    Those who know the road out through Port Underwood to Queen Charlotte forest will Understand why a workmate and I decided to to camp near the job, My bedroom was in the back of the Commodore Four days on and three day weekends, no running water, middle of winter, a bachelors dream
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    Moved up to the North Island about 5 years ago and worked mostly with haulers, the top one is a Harvestline on a 30 Tonne Cat, A Madill 124 and Thunderbird 6355.
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    On Monday I start with an engineering outfit here in town pretty much building/repairing the gear I've been fucking for the last 9 years. Hopefully go hard enough and score an apprenticeship.

    Got me a '95 1600 auto LWB Suzuki Escudo for a work/hunting/firewood so finally be able to get out a bit more often, combined with getting the snip next week shes shaping up to be a awesome year full of hunting and rooting....well that's my plan, she may have other ideas
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    Good luck in your future career Big_Foot

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    Good luck with the change, its as good as a holiday so Im told.
    "Hunting and fishing" fucking over licenced firearms owners since ages ago.

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    Don't expect to do too much next week if your getting the snip

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    Did you work with a Matt or Katie Dick when in the south?
    "Hunting and fishing" fucking over licenced firearms owners since ages ago.

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    Good photos, enjoy you new job, hope all goes well, changing direction takes some doing unless it's forced, good on you, hope the blades sharp next week, buy a jock strap today!
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Good luck with the change in direction.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
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    Neat pics good luck
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    All the best with the new job. A change is always good and freshens things up for a few years!

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    Gone to a soft office job aye. Good stuff.
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    Great pics BF. Looks like hard dangerous work there but I guess its ok if you know what ya doin. Good luck with your change and be sure to take a wheelbarrow to cart ya nuts home in.
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    Good on you mate, great post and pic's.
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    When I referred to absolute legends Matt and Katie would have to be right up there at the top of the list, I grew up round the road from them in the Wairoa Gorge, Matt got me hooked on hunting taking me out after goats on the back of their farm.

    I worked with Matt when I started out in the bush, the whole family are just awesome people kinda gutted I lost touch with them among others when I moved away.

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    Whole family good/old friends of mine.

    we probably know each other
    "Hunting and fishing" fucking over licenced firearms owners since ages ago.

 

 

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