We discussed in recent threads how Colonial Era New England homes used 30-40 cords per year and how much work that must have been to do it by hand, etc. As I have got back to wood burning, I have been reading some great books on the history of logging, pulp & paper, etc in the US and especially in the Northeast. While scouring the web for some new books, I found this photo taken in British Columbia sometime in the 1800's. The picture said it was two million spruce ties, I am unsure whether they mean in board feet or actual ties, probably the latter considering the demand for them during the railroad expansion days. Although I have seen some of the pictures of rivers swollen with pulp bolts and sawlogs in these books with some mechanically done enormous piles, this one had to have been done by hand and it gets my vote for the best stack ever.