Bush­man’s yarns now book

South Waikato News - - Front Page - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Work­ing for over thirty years in the bush has in­spired a Pu­taru­ru­man to put pen to pa­per.

Lance Dun­can’s fi­nal man­u­script, based on his life work­ing in the bush, has been sent to the pub­lish­ers to be turned into a 610 page book.

The book has taken 20-years to col­late and Dun­can hopes it will be avail­able for pur­chase be­fore the end of the year.

Friends en­cour­aged the bush­man, who is known for hav­ing the gift of the gab, to write about his ex­pe­ri­ences.

Dun­can said he was told from a pub­lisher that there were not many books writ­ten on the log­ging in­dus­try.

‘‘They’re all true sto­ries that’ll make Barry Crump look like a choir boy.

‘‘I’ve drunk with the best and fought with the rest. This is it,’’ he said.

The story fol­lows Dun­can’s life work­ing in the for­est and the char­ac­ters he meets along the way.

Set in a chrono­log­i­cal or­der the story starts with Dun­can as a young child. It was at this age he learnt how to fish and hunt.

Years later as a young fella Dun­can started work­ing at Te Whetu swing­ing a slasher and plant­ing pine trees.

There were no roads back then and Dun­can said they would cart trees by pack horse.

He has also used in­for­ma­tion and his­tor­i­cal photo’s from the Pu­taruru Tim­ber Mu­seum.

Pre­serv­ing his­tory is im­por­tant to Dun­can who said mu­seum hasn’t been given credit or sup­port.

‘‘We’ve got a Tim­ber Mu­seum sit­ting out there do­ment to a lack of ad­ver­tis­ing and push pres­sure to get peo­ple to have a look to see the hard yards and work bloody done in those days to put Pu­taruru and Toko­roa on the map.

‘‘Bush­man had to get up, rain, hail or snow and go out there and pro­duce logs to keep all th­ese mills work­ing.

Ask what he hasn’t done and he’ll tell you.

In­stead Dun­can has found the op­por­tu­nity to keep his dogs, hunt pigs, learn new skills and even­tu­ally own his own busi­ness in the forestry in­dus­try has all been a labour of love worth record­ing.

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