Caulk boots, calk boots, or cork boots (pronounced "cork" and usually called "corks") are leather nail-soled boots worn by lumberjacks in the timber-producing regions of the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They are worn for traction in the woods and especially in timber rafting, and were part of a lumberman's basic equipment along with axe and crosscut saw. In the very early days a logger was given a new pair of boots once a year as part of his pay.
Loggers and others who work in the woods still wear corks today. Club member Bill Shepherd wears a pair all the time. What do his look like? Click here to see.
Hank Simonson worked in a boot makers when he was a senior in school and he maintained that the “old” loggers boots “were a lot different than today’s” …… but, we asked, how? A visit to the Fort Bragg Guest House museum provided the answer. We “found” a pair on display and took pictures – see below. Compare for yourself. Pretty much the same except for the type of spikes I reckon. Pretty good design to last 125 odd years.