En­ter­ing the world of a Log­ging leg­end

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

It is not of­ten the av­er­age punter gets a peek in­side the murky world of a log­ger and trucker.

Lance Dun­can has a way with words though - even if they aren’t the sort of words you could say to your mother.

So, when the cen­tral North Is­land log­ging in­dus­try vet­eran re­tired from the in­dus­try, he sat down and put those words into a book.

He brought to life his years in the bush, in log­ging and hunt­ing, and the peo­ple he has en­coun­tered along the way.

All the sto­ries in his book are true, says Dun­can.

‘‘Those good times are now gone and they are never com­ing back.’’

The colour­ful tales have taken 20 years to write, although he ad­mits that is partly due to fish­ing com­mit­ments.

Al­lied Pub­li­ca­tions Ltd, the pub­lish­ers of NZ Log­ger, liked his story-telling so much they helped Lance pub­lish his book.

Al­lied’s man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trevor Wool­ston, said when Lance came to see them they first tried to get spe­cial­ist book pub­lish­ers in­volved but they weren’t in­ter­ested, so they de­cided to do it them­selves.

‘‘His book is full with great sto­ries,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a no-holds-barred ac­count and it cer­tainly isn’t po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect, so if you are eas­ily of­fended it’s prob­a­bly not for you, but it is a great read.’’

Dun­can’s didn’t have an easy life, and one story in par­tic­u­lar

‘‘If I had a chance I wouldn't change a bloody thing, I'd do it all again. ’’ Lance Dun­can

hits home par­tic­u­larly hard. He said he came home from a few days away pig hunt­ing in the Waikato to find his solo mum had been buried while he was away, leav­ing him an or­phan. He was just 13.

The love of pig hunt­ing and the out­doors is a re­cur­ring theme through­out his book.

Dun­can said it con­tains downto-earth, hon­est, no-hold­ing-back lan­guage through­out, and he reck­ons it has been a pretty good life.

‘‘If I had a chance I wouldn’t change a bloody thing, I’d do it all again.’’

A book launch and sign­ing will take place at the Pu­taruru Tim­ber Mu­seum on Satur­day July 15, from 11am-4pm.

For each book sold on the day, $10 per book will be do­nated to the Mu­seum.

Books are also avail­able on­line at www.tim­ber­mu­seum.co.nz with ad­di­tional $5 postage fee.

TA­MARA THORN/FAIRFAX NZ

Lance Dun­can

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