During the log drive heyday, logs were floated downriver to be processed. Visitors to the Logs End showroom often ask how the lumber barons companies were able to identify the seemingly endless flow of logs. Thus enters the lumber baron stamps (aka timber mark) display.
Timber Marking Act of 1870
In 1870, the Timber Marking Act was passed. Logging companies in New Brunswick, Québec and Ontario were required to develop and register a unique identifier or “trade mark”. All cut trees had to be stamped with the identifying mark. Failure to use a timber mark incurred a fine of $50.00. Applying a mark to another company’s timber was a serious offence and resulted in a fine of $100.00.
For those interested in delving deeper into timber marking and the associated stamps, be sure to check out this incredible resource: https://openlibrary.org/books/OL23351749M/The_lumberman’s_timber_mark_guide
Logs End River Reclaimed Timber & Stamp Collection
Every summer, the team from Logs End cuts off the lumber baron stamps. We collect the different marks for our growing collection, while offering some to clients who wish to display this unique piece of history in their home.