This steam donkey is a sample of equipment that was used in the forestry industry about one hundred years ago. Essentially, it is a giant winch that is driven by a steam engine, and was used to pull large logs uphill or towards railcars to be transported to sawmills.
This one is displayed as a heritage monument along the road that leads to Transfer Beach, a local waterfront park, in Ladysmith. One can see several more, all different shapes and sizes, in the Forestry museum in Duncan.
I sketched this thing several times over the years on site. However this is a painting that was done from a photograph in the studio. It is 11”x15” approximately on watercolour paper. I used only three pigments; Ultra marine blue, Quinacridone Sienna, and Raw Sienna.
September 12, 2022 at 12:18 am
A complicated subject very well captured.
September 12, 2022 at 12:49 pm
Thank you Douglas