Implacable, Camp 18, Oregon by Pete Janes

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A detail of the tread of a spidery, log-grappling tractor. The dead bones of the logging boom in the Pacific Northwest always have a sort of gravitas, resting as they do below the the many boughs of a still magnificent expanse of wilderness.

Camp 18, Oregon, nestled in the Coast Range between Portland and Seaside, Oregon, is a fascinating glimpse into the days when people thought that the endless, rolling ridges of old-growth forest in the region would go on forever, that no amount of human buzzing, dragging, peeling and sawing could make any kind of a dent. They were wrong. But for better or for worse, the efforts made here created the world in which I live, and for that I am grateful.

The machines that were devised (many custom-made or “jury-rigged”) to process the monstrously huge Douglas firs and spruces were also rather monstrous.

Organic produce slinger by day. Automatic Scribbler and Deliberate Renderer by night.

“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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