Forks author tells logging drivers’ tales

Veteran Forks-based local history author and news photographer Lonnie Archibald opens up the world of logging truck drivers in his new book “Old Trucks and Gear Jammers.”

The 198-page trade paperback collection features over two dozen interviews with drivers. The drivers — mostly long-time residents of the West End of the Olympic Peninsula — tell of their adventurous, colorful lives behind the wheel of logging trucks driving on Olympic Peninsula highways and gravel logging roads. The accounts span the post-World War II era into the 1970s.

“Old Trucks and Gear Jammers” features dozens of vintage and contemporary logging truck photos, many never before published.

Jacob’s brakes, Brownie shifter, Willy Weaver, Cheese Blocks, Cats, Donkeys, Low Boy and more log truck driver jargon and CB chatter are all interpreted by Archibald in his Logging Lingo appendix.

Archibald is the author of “There Was A Day — Stories of the Pioneers,” and “Here On The Home Front — World War II in Clallam County.”

“Old Trucks and Gear Jammers” is for sale at Northwest Native Expressions and Seven Cedars Casino in Blyn, the Sequim Museum, Jim’s Pharmacy, Odyssey Bookshop and Port Book and News in Port Angeles, Joyce General Store, and Chinook Pharmacy, Leppell’s Flowers and Gifts and Forks Thrifty Mart, in Forks.