Antique River Logs® W.R. Case® Railroad Cross Tie SerieS
While searching for lost logs, hand-hewn railroad cross ties are occasionally found on the riverbed. They were transported by the river in a fashion similar to that of log rafts. These cross ties are usually oak and feature extra dark coloring from being exposed (on at least three sides) to sediments, minerals, and coal. It is this unique environment that infuses and enhances the oak grains with rich ebony tones. Each set of knife handles is slowly and deliberately cut and book matched by Antique River Logs® in this Cross Tie Series.
Antique River Logs® Green River CollectioN
Today, William Joiner, CEO of Antique River Logs® and fifth generation river man reclaims this lost harvest, pledging to leave the smallest environmental footprint.
Railroad Tie Rafts
Rafts of hand-hewn railroad ties on the Middle Fork at Buckhorn, Perry County. (Kentucky Historical Society)
Loose Railroad ties
Loose railroad ties are seen here floating high in the water, clearing the shallow riffles. (Springfield Greene County Library)
Railroad Tie Hacking
They were hand-hewn with a broadax, and either free-floated or rafted like logs.