Bushman’s yarns now book
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.